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Posts for: January, 2016

Force Impact Technologies has launched the FITGuard, “a head injury awareness mouthguard that will assist athletes with their timing of returning to play when there is a possibility of head injury.”

The mouthguard has “color-coded LEDs” embedded in it to indicate how much “impact force” an athlete receives.

Army Regulation now also requires personnel to use mouthguards to prevent injuries.

The Fort Leonard Wood (MO) Guidon (1/20, Hauschild) stated, “Tooth loss due to injuries is more common among Soldiers than among members of the other branches of service,” adding that research shows mouthguard use prevents “injuries to the lips, mouth, tongue and teeth.”

As a result, “Army regulation 600-63 requires individuals to use mouth guards for military training activities that have been shown to have a high risk of mouth or facial injuries.” The article adds that the American Dental Association and International Academy of Sports Dentistry have also “identified 29 sports and exercise activities for which they highly recommend mouth guards be worn.” Given this, the article describes factors to consider when selecting a mouthguard.


        The ADA News (11/2, Manchir) previously reported that CustMbite MVP Athletic Mouthguard has become the first athletic mouthguard to receive the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The ADA provides additional information on mouthguards online.

Marathon runner Tom Fairbrother described how he developed and recovered from an eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, stating the “turning point” was when he went to the dentist to seek care for a toothache. Fairbrother said the dentist “asked if I was making myself sick, because my front teeth had been eroded by 75% due to the stomach acid from vomiting.”

Fairbrother said, “It was the first time I had ever been asked directly, and I had no choice but to confess to him,” adding, “He informed me that if this behaviour continued, within six months I would lose my front teeth entirely.” The ADA provides additional information on eating disorders and oral health at

A new study by the American Association for Cancer Research finds that postmenopausal women who have periodontal disease may have a higher risk for developing breast cancer. According to the article, the researchers monitored nearly 74,000 postmenopausal women, finding that “the risk of breast cancer was 14 percent higher in those with periodontal disease.”   

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused when bacteria in plaque (a sticky, colorless film that forms in the mouth) builds up between the gums and teeth. When the bacteria begin to grow, the gums surrounding the tooth can become inflamed.

If left untreated, this inflammation can cause the gums and supporting bone structure to deteriorate. This can lead to gum recession or even tooth loss. In addition, research has shown that gum disease may be associated with other diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and now a higher risks of breast cancer. 

Luckily, periodontal disease can be preventable. Adding these habits to your daily routine can help.

Brush your teeth. Brushing after meals helps remove food debris and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums. Don’t forget to include your tongue, bacteria loves to hide there. 

Floss. Flossing at least once a day helps remove food particles and plaque between teeth and along the gum line that your toothbrush can’t quite reach.

Swish with mouthwash. Using a mouthwash can help reduce plaque and can remove remaining food particles that brushing and flossing missed.

Know your risk. Age, smoking, diet and genetics can all increase your risk for periodontal disease. If you are at increased risk, be sure to talk with your dental professional.

See a dentist on a regular basis (twice a year).  Identifying symptoms of gum disease early is key to protecting your teeth and gum