Everyone knows the saying: “There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team.’” That’s never been truer than of Team Orthodontics, where the mission is simple: enhance patients’ lives in a positive and significant way. It’s a theme that runs through the veins of every Team Ortho employee.
In extreme cases of gum inflammation, periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, can form. This disease is considered more dangerous than gingivitis for a couple of reasons. First, it requires a more invasive treatment – sometimes to the point of gum surgery. Secondly, periodontal disease affects the bones that support the teeth.
With the start of football season just around the corner, parents are shopping for the best safety equipment to ensure that their children are as protected and comfortable as possible. One of the most important tasks of the offseason is selecting the right mouth guard to protect a player’s teeth, mouth and jaw.
Headaches are often associated with allergies, dehydration, or illness, but oftentimes, headaches can also be the result of joint and muscle stress in the mouth. Considered a neuromuscular problem, the joints and muscles that hold the teeth in place may be forced into a position of resistance whenever the patient bites down, or even closes his or her mouth.
As our children prepare for back to school, routines are going to change and new schedules are going to form. The demands of homework, extracurricular activities, and sports often cause children and teens to go off their daily routines. Meal times, sleeping schedules, and regular hygiene habits alter, of which, all three factors are extremely important for proper health and mental development.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report an average of 30 million children and adolescence participate in sports annually. Of these players, the CDC estimates approximately 600,000 youths will go to the emergency room with dental related injuries involving children as young as 5 years old. In attempt to promote awareness of facial injury prevention, five organizations have sponsored April as being the National Facial Protection Month. These organizations’ 2014 message to the public is “to remind young athletes to play it safe by wearing a mouth guard during recreational and organized sports this spring.” The nation’s top five organizations leading this cause are the American Dental Association (ADA), American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Academy for Sports Dentistry.
Individuals often tell each other to “smile and nod” or to “hang up and drive,” but a local dental practice will be telling one lucky patient to “Smile and Drive” as the grand prize winner of a 2014 Ford Fiesta.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM). The American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors this national awareness annually to raise the importance of oral health. The goal of the NCDHM is to educate children on developing good dental habits, encouraging scheduled dental visits, and to promote healthy eating habits across the country.
Ahwatukee resident Jessica Mattern, a fourth-year student in the School of Dentistry, and Ahwatukee resident Brenna McElenney, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, were both named to the Creighton University dean’s list.
Attorney General candidates Republican Mark Brnovich and Democrat Felecia Rotellini debate at the East Valley Tribune office in Tempe on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2014.Question 2: What are your thoughts on the restriction on RU486 and should the state continue to pursue the case to the Supreme Court?