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Top Three Tips to Protect Teeth While Exercising

Friday, April 21st, 2017

shutterstock_173963588Exercise has a wealth of benefits for your body and mind, but it can pose a risk to your teeth. Fast-paced activities offer carry a risk of injury, and it’s always a good idea to protect your mouth whenever possible. Here are 3 top tips to help you protect your teeth when you’re playing sport.

  1. Wear a mouth guard: mouth guards are specifically designed to protect the teeth from injury. They are plastic shields, which are custom-made. They slide over the teeth, providing a barrier between the teeth and objects, surfaces and other people. If you do get hit or struck in the mouth, there’s a much lower risk of damage if you’re wearing a mouth guard. Mouth guards are also known as gum shields and they are worn by participants in rugby, hockey, lacrosse, martial arts and fighting sports like boxing and wrestling.
  2. Use a helmet: in some cases, sports carry a risk of injury to the head, as well as the mouth, and it’s wise to wear a helmet to reduce the risk of head, facial and dental injuries. Examples including close fielding in cricket and American football.
  3. Check the pH of the pool: if you swim on a regular basis, it’s worth checking the pH of the pool. If the pH is too low, and the water is too acidic, there’s a higher risk of swimmer’s calculus, which is caused by acid erosion of the enamel. It’s best to try and keep your mouth closed when you’re swimming and to avoid swallowing the water.

Five Tips To Protect Your Braces

Friday, April 14th, 2017

shutterstock_449128402When you wear braces, it’s important to look after them to make sure that they do their job and you can enjoy a perfectly straight smile when treatment draws to a close. If you have braces, here are 5 tips to help you protect them:

  1. Wear a mouth guard: if you’re playing contact sports, wear a mouth guard to protect your braces and your teeth and gums. You can get specially made guards for braces from your dentist.
  2. Avoid hard foods: if you’re wearing braces, you won’t have to make wholesale changes to your diet, but it’s wise to bear a few tips in mind, especially avoiding hard foods. Most foods will be fine, but take care when eating things like boiled sweets, popcorn and crusty bread rolls.
  3. Keep your braces clean: if you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment and you’ve got a fixed brace, you need to keep it clean as possible to minimise the risk of dental decay. Clean your teeth at least twice a day, and make sure you do a thorough job each time. It can be beneficial to take a brush around with you so that you can brush after eating if you find that food tends to get stuck in your braces.
  4. Keep up to date with dental checks: if you have braces, it’s more important than ever to keep up to date with dental checks and follow-up appointments. Your dentist can keep an eye on your oral health, as well as the progress of your treatment.
  5. Use additional cleaning methods: brushing is often the most effective means of cleaning the mouth, but it’s also useful to floss or clean using an oral irrigator. If you need advice or help with cleaning, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist.

How OSO Athletic helps you compete at your best

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

shutterstock_535349086Most people wear mouth guards to protect their teeth when they’re taking part in sporting activities, but what if we told you that we could give you the upper edge on your opponents? With the OSO Athletic, you can enjoy all the benefits of a standard mouth guard with a host of additional features, which are designed to enhance and improve your performance.

What is the OSO Athletic and how could it help me?

The OSO Athletic is a high-tech mouth guard, which promises to boost performance levels, as well as offering protection against sports injuries. This innovative piece of kit automatically adjusts the position of the jaw to ensure that it is in the optimum place when you play sport. This improves the alignment of the jaw and reduces tension in the muscles. Wearing the OSO Athletic mouth guard lowers the risk of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, decreases tension in the neck and shoulders, and improves strength and balance.

The OSO Athletic can offer amazing benefits for both amateur and elite athletes. If you play a contact sport, such as hockey, lacrosse or rugby, or you participate in fighting sports or martial arts, this piece of equipment will be a welcome addition.

If you’d like to find out more about the OSO Athletic, we will be delighted to answer your questions, and talk you through how the guard works, and what kinds of benefits it could offer you. If you choose to go ahead with treatment, we will create a mould of your teeth and take photographs of your mouth, which will be used to create your custom-made mouth guard.

In sport, there are fine margins between success and failure. The OSO Athletic may give you that extra boost you need to compete at the next level.

We Offer A Mouth Guard For Those Playing Sports In The City Of Leeds

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

373639_blogLeeds is home to some great sporting arenas and facilities; if you enjoy sports and you regularly participate in activities, which pose a risk of dental injury, we strongly recommend the OSO Athletic mouth guard. This is not just your average gum shield; as well as offering you protection against flying objects, hard surfaces and incoming opponents, this mouth guard also adapts the position of the jaw to improve muscle contraction and reduce tension in and around the facial muscles.

About the OSO Athletic mouth guard

The OSO Athletic mouth guard is an advanced mouth guard, which offers much more than a standard sports gum shield. These devices are custom-made using incredibly detailed information about the individual and the latest design concepts; when you place your bespoke mouth guard in your mouth, it will automatically adjust the position of the jaw joint to ensure that it is in the optimum place. This reduces tension and strain in the muscles around the jaw, increases the range of movement in the joint and also facilitates more efficient muscle contraction throughout the body; this also helps to improve balance and power.

The OSO Athletic mouth guard also helps to improve posture, which ensures that the individual trains or plays adopting good posture; this improves performance and reduces the risk of muscular pain.

Who is the OSO Athletic mouth guard for?

This high-tech mouth guard is suitable for anyone who plays contact sport or engages in fighting sports or activities that carry a risk of dental njury; you don’t need to be a professional athlete to enjoy the benefits of this amazing mouth guard. We recommend this product to anyone who enjoys the following sports and activities:

  • rugby (union and league)
  • ice hockey
  • field hockey
  • martial arts
  • wrestling
  • boxing
  • lacrosse

We are proud to be one of few clinics in the UK to offer the OSO Athletic mouth guard; if you’d like to find out more, call us today!

 

TMJ Is Tough. Speak To A City Leeds Dentist If You Suffer These Symptoms

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

2143132_blogWaking up with headaches and jaw pain is no way to start the day. If you suffer from TMJ disorder, we are here to remedy your problems and soothe your pains.

What is TMJ dysfunction?

TMJ disorder is a term used to describe a group of symptoms, which affects the TMJ, also known as the temporomandibular joint. This joint is a very active and important joint, which connects the lower jaw to the skull; it is involved in lots of important actions, including opening and closing the jaw and chewing food. If you put your fingers just in front of your ear lobes on the side of your face and open your mouth wide, you can feel the TMJ working.

Symptoms of TMJ disorder include popping and clicking noises in the jaw, aches and pains in the joint, stiffness and a lack of movement in the jaw and headaches, ear ache and neck and shoulder pain.

How can a dentist help?

One of the most common causes of TMJ disorder is tooth grinding, also known as bruxism. Grinding the teeth increases pressure and strain on the facial muscles around the jaw and it can also contribute to wear and tear of the teeth. Many people who grind their teeth aren’t aware that they do it because it is a subconscious action and it occurs during the night when you are asleep, but if you regularly wake up with the symptoms listed above, this could be why.

If you grind your teeth, we can provide you with a custom-made bite guard to prevent the teeth from grinding together during the night. The bite guard looks and feels similar to a mouth guard and it is custom-made so that you can sleep without feeling uncomfortable.

In many cases, bruxism is linked to stress and anxiety and we can also provide patients with advice about managing stress.

Dental Disaster Prevention Here In Leeds

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

5538155_blogDental disasters often happen when you least expect it and if you have an accident or you need urgent help, we will do all we can to fix you up and free you from discomfort.

Sometimes, it’s impossible to prevent accidents, but there are often steps you can take to lower your risk of damaging your teeth and gums. Here are some ideas to help prevent those unwanted dental dramas:

Wear a mouth guard

If you’re a sports fan and you like to participate in any activity, which carries a risk of dental injury, we strongly recommend wearing a mouth guard. We provide performance-enhancing custom-made gum shields for players of all ages and abilities. Wearing a gum shield helps to protect the teeth and gums from injuries caused by impact or contact and we advise wearing one for boxing, martial arts, rugby, football, hockey and lacrosse.

Keep up with your check-ups

Seeing your dentist on a regular basis will ensure that your teeth are in good shape. If your teeth are healthy and strong, there is less chance of them getting damaged. We advise 6 monthly check-ups.

Avoid using your teeth for certain jobs

It sounds odd, but many people admit to damaging their teeth because they used them to try and open a bottle or cut something. Try to avoid using your teeth in this way, as there is a real risk of injury and your teeth are not designed to act as an emergency bottle opener!

Wear a seatbelt

Seatbelts are designed to save lives in the event of a collision or crash. They really can make the difference between life and death and they are a very effective means of reducing the risk of dental injuries, as they prevent you falling forwards and hitting your face.

If you do suffer a dental injury, contact us and we will fit you in as soon as we can!

Guarding your gob in the City of Leeds

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

373639_blogIf you want to kick back and let your hair down after a hard week in the city of Leeds, getting sporty is a good way of going about it; contact sports are even better for letting out a week’s pent-up aggression. But if you like getting physical with your opponents, then you need to take precautions and getting a decent mouth-guard would be well advisable, and the harder the sport, the better the guard should be. You can buy off the shelf but if you love what you play, don’t take chances and get one made-up that is suited to your mouth and the games you enjoy. Mouth-guards will obviously protect your teeth and your gums first, but a good one can also absorb impact, which will help protect your jaws, head and neck. Dentists don’t like patching you up if you have been negligent with your teeth and they will slap your wrists, but remember, they still have to earn a living, so they will charge you and if you have been really silly, it is not only your mouth that will get hurt, so will your bank balance; and if you love and adore the sports you play, then look after yourself.

Safety through Mouth-guards in the City of Leeds

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

If you are of an active nature and love to get stuck into your sports at the weekends in the city of Leeds, then you also need to be responsible and protect yourself as much as you can from injury, especially to the mouth. Damage here can be costly and complex to put right; not only are your teeth and gums vulnerable, but if you insist in playing on unprotected, damage to your mouth can also lead to injury throughout your head, your neck and upper back. All sports are different, so if you are dead keen to keep playing, you really need to get a bespoke mouth-guard to take the shocks and bangs that your sport is likely to throw at it and your first stop should be your dentists for some advice on full protection for your mouth. You can go cheaper and buy off the shelf and though not as affect as having one made for you, it will at least help to protect you. Dentistry also uses mouth-guard styled devices in various procedures. Some aligners wrap around the teeth like a guard, as do bleaching trays for teeth whitening, but you will also be supplied with a mouth-guard if you suffer from excessive teeth grinding.

Dealing with Sensitive Teeth in the City of Leeds

Friday, June 29th, 2012

There are quite a few reasons why we suffer from sensitive teeth in the city of Leeds, but the results are always the same- mainly great discomfort and it can cause a lot of problems in our everyday lives. The most common cause is done by overzealous brushing with abrasive toothpastes that wears away at the teeth’s enamel and then gets into the nerves. The build-up of plaque can lead to acid erosion and then tooth decay and gum disease which again, break down the enamel. Grinding and over-stated tooth bleaching also have the same affects. The first way to overcome this is to pay a visit to the dentist who can rectify any decay with a filling or a root canal. Then you can have fluoride treatments or even a sealant fitted to help protect the surfaces of the teeth; those who grind their teeth can have a mouth-guard made up. Outside of the dentists, it is down to you to help quell the sensitivity; for a start you can use a softer brush and find yourself a good de-sensitizing toothpaste. Fluoride mouth-washes are also excellent at re-mineralizing the enamel in the teeth and protecting the nerves.

TMJ Problems can Dramatically Affect One’s Health in Central Leeds

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

What is TMJ disorder?

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders affect the temporomandibular joint, which is located just in front of the ear. The joint connects the jawbone (known as the mandible) to the skull (close to the temple) and is responsible for many movements, including yawning, opening and closing the mouth and biting. In most cases, TMJ disorder causes pain in the jaw and restricted movement in the TMJ. TMJ disorder is also known as TMJ pain, TMJ dysfunction and myofascial pain disorder.

TMJ disorder is common and around 1 in 10 people will experience symptoms of TMJ disorder at some point in their lives.

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder?

  • Symptoms of TMJ disorder found in Central Leeds include:
  • Pain when biting down and chewing on food.
  • Restricted movement in the TMJ joint, which may make yawning and opening and closing the mouth difficult.
  • Clicks and noises when you move the joint.
  • Symptoms affecting the ears, including increased sensitivity to noise and vertigo.
  • Locking of the jaw.
  • Headaches

What causes TMJ disorder?

TMJ disorder can be caused by many different factors, including over-activity of the jaw, which may be caused by grinding and clenching the teeth and damage to the joint, which may be caused by arthritis or general wear and tear.

Treating TMJ disorder

If TMJ disorder is caused by arthritis, the underlying cause will be treated. If clenching and grinding are causing symptoms, it may be advisable to wear a protective guard during the night and we can custom-make mouth guards to prevent teeth grinding. In many cases, resting the jaw joint can ease symptoms and pain relief medication can also be very effective.