PearlFection Patient Resources

Online Dental Education Library

The team of dental specialists and staff at PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

Also, we like to provide interesting and helpful links to other resources we think our patients might value.  Below you will find a short description and a link to external dental related information that the doctors would like our patients to have access to:

  • Article on Probiotics and Oral Health

    http://www.dentaleconomics.com/articles/print/volume-102/issue-10/practice/oral-probiotics.html

  • Article on Oral Health and Cardiovascular Disease  /docs/Perio_heart and periodontal disease-1.pdf

  • This research article should be read by every endurance athlete, like runners, swimmers and bikers. For those of you who engage in endurance sports, proper hygiene is extremely important due to the chemical makeup of your saliva. View Article

  • We have long know that Probiotics are an important part of good oral health. Here is another article supporting that research. Please let me know when it is done. I want to post to facebook. View Article

  • Executive summary of evidence-based clinical recommendations for the use of pit-and-fissure sealants:  A report of the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs. View Article 

  • Article on Sealants use and their effectiveness in preventing cavities in children - Pit and Fissure Sealants in the Prevention of Dental Caries in Children and Adolescents. View Article

Anyone who participates in a sport that carries a significant risk of injury should wear a mouth protector. Sports like basketball, baseball, gymnastics, and volleyball all pose risks to your gum tissues, as well as your teeth. We usually think of football and hockey as the most dangerous to the teeth, but nearly half of sports-related mouth injuries occur in basketball and baseball.

A helmet can prevent serious injuries such as concussions, cerebral hemorrhages, incidents of unconsciousness, jaw fractures and neck injuries by helping to avoid situations where the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw.   Mouth guards are effective in moving soft tissue in the oral cavity away from the teeth, preventing laceration and bruising of the lips and cheeks, especially for those who wear orthodontic appliances.

Mouth protectors, which typically cover the upper teeth, can cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth. If you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw, a mouth protector is available for these teeth as well.

A properly fitted mouth protector may be especially important for people who wear braces or have fixed bridge work. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. A mouth protector also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, limiting the risk of soft tissue injuries. Although mouth protectors typically only cover the upper teeth, your dentist or orthodontist may suggest that you use a mouth protector on the lower teeth if you have braces on these teeth too. If you have a retainer or other removable appliance, do not wear it during any contact sports.

Types of mouth guards

There are three types of mouth protectors:

  • Stock - Inexpensive and come pre-formed, ready to wear. Unfortunately, they often don't fit very well. They can be bulky and can make breathing and talking difficult.
  • Boil and bite - Can be bought at many sporting goods stores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. They should be softened in water, then inserted and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth. If you don't follow the directions carefully you can wind up with a poor-fitting mouth protector.
  • Custom-fitted - Made by your dentist for you personally. They are more expensive than the other versions, but because they are customized, they can offer a better fit than anything you can buy off the shelf.