Sports can be one of the most rewarding activities a teenager participates in high school, benefiting not only a person’s physical fitness, but teaching discipline and teamwork as well. If you have any student athletes on your roster, there are two main topics you, and your Glendale, Arizona dentist should cover: steroids and mouth guards.
You may not be able to convince a student to stop using steroids, but you can give them one more reason not to. According to a study recently published in the Journal of Periodontology, prolonged use of anabolic androgenic steroids is closely associated with significant levels of gingival (gum) overgrowth, which in turn, can lead to severe periodontal infections. Overgrown gums make it easier for bacteria, found in plaque to accumulate and attach to supporting structures of the teeth. More bacteria accumulates, trapped between the teeth and gums at a deeper lever. causing inflammation, bleeding and possibly bone loss and tooth loss.
The use of mouth guards seems like no-brainer to those in the cosmetic dental profession, but not necessarily to student athletes. The American Dental Association recommends the use of a mouth guard for nearly 30 different sports, including the obvious - football, soccer, lacrosse - and the not-so-obvious - gymnastics, skiing, and field events. Dr. Wilcox and staff can answer any questions involving the benefits of, and the process of fabrication for the type of mouth guard your sports enthusiast might require.
At Desert Smiles we strive to provide the finest in Phoenix Cosmetic dentistry. If your teenager already has a great smile – Protect it!