In the next few months, you’ll probably be spending more time outdoors soaking in the summer sun. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, swimming pool accidents—like running on slippery surfaces and diving into shallow waters—cause the majority of dental emergencies during the summer. Additionally, practicing sports, playing at the park, and other outdoor activities may damage your smile. Dr. Greenfield encourages you to wear a mouth guard during strenuous and physical activity.
When you fall or get hit in the face, your upper and lower teeth may slam together, resulting in chipping, breakage, or pain. Additionally, about five million teeth are knocked out each year as a result of injury. Hitting the ground without proper protection can cause fractured teeth, knocked out teeth, jaw injuries, lip lacerations, a bitten tongue or lip, or nerve damage. Furthermore, when you get knocked in the jaw or chin, the force and vibration expels upwards toward your skull, which may result in a concussion.
The Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation reports that approximately 30 percent of people avoid visiting the dentist due to fear or anxiety. Fortunately, recent sedation techniques have changed the way many people feel about the dentist. In honor of Mental Health Month, Dr. Greenfield would like to discuss how sedation dentistry has been providing mental wellness since the 1840s.
A Connecticut dentist named Horace Wells convinced his partner, John Riggs, to use nitrous oxide to extract his troublesome tooth. The extraction was a success and Wells felt no discomfort. He then attempted to demonstrate the use of nitrous oxide as an anesthetic at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1845. However, during the demonstration, the gas bag was withdrawn too soon and the patient experienced pain. The audience booed Wells and left the room unimpressed, leaving Wells to face a lifetime of embarrassment.
If your baby is unusually fussy, he or she may be teething. Teething is when baby teeth first begin to erupt—usually around six months of age. Dr. Greenfield can keep your child’s mouth healthy from the first stage of development.
What Happens During Teething?
During teething, primary teeth push up through the gums. The two bottom front teeth are usually the first teeth to appear. Teething can make your infant’s gums sore and swollen. As a result of the pain and discomfort, your child may become cranky or irritable. Babies may also drool more and bite on toys to relieve the tension on their gums. Dr. Greenfield offers these tips to relieve your infant’s teething discomfort and keep erupting teeth healthy:
As summer approaches, you will need to drink more water to keep your body hydrated and healthy. In honor of National Drinking Water Week (May 6-12), Dr. Greenfield wants to see if you know the benefits of drinking water.
1. How much of the human body is made up of water?
A. Ten percent
B. 60 percent
C. 90 percent
2. What is dehydration?
A. Lack of water
B. Too much water
C. Brain freeze
3. Which of the following is found in tap water?
4. Which of the following is a benefit of water?
A. Energize body
B. Moisturize skin and mouth
C. Both A and B
At Lake Orion Family Dentistry, we strive to satisfy each of our patients and provide a comfortable dental experience. Amanda recently completed her patient survey after her appointment with Dr. Greenfield. Her testimonial shows that our team met her expectations and restored her confidence. Here are Amanda’s thoughts, feelings, and comments about her dental visit.
Lake Orion Dentist Office
- The office was easy to find: Agree
- The reception area was comfortable: Strongly Agree
- I didn’t have to wait long once I arrived at the office: Strongly Agree
- Once seated, my appointment was completed in a timely fashion: Strongly Agree
- The office was clean and up to date: Strongly Agree
- I would gladly refer others to the practice: Strongly Agree
As a father of three children, Dr. Greenfield understands that parents want the best care available for their children. This Mother’s Day, you can rest assured knowing we will provide excellent safety and love for your child.
Dental Care During Pregnancy
Expectant mothers need to protect their babies before they are born. During pregnancy, hormonal changes can inflame your gums. A condition known as pregnancy gingivitis can develop during the second or third month of pregnancy. If left untreated, the inflammation could worsen into periodontitis. Studies show that women with periodontal disease are seven times more likely to have a premature birth. Your oral bacteria can spread to the placenta or amniotic fluid, harming your baby and inducing labor. If you have gum disease, your Lake Orion dental hygienists can perform a scaling and root planing procedure to clean your gum line and periodontal pockets.