Hollywood has a long fascination with disaster, and perhaps the biggest disaster movies of them all are the ever-popular earthquake movies! In fact, another one is coming out soon. They are fun to watch, but they also may get you to thinking about what you would do if there was an earthquake in your area.
There isn’t too much you can do during an earthquake, except for gathering your family and pets and trying to stay safe. But there is one thing you can (and should) do ahead of time. You can prepare an emergency kit, in case the earthquake results in power and water outages and other problems.
When you prepare your emergency kit, you want to make sure you have included items that will ensure your safety, comfort and health. So when you’re getting that emergency kit ready, don’t forget to include items in there for oral care! Here is a list of items to put into your emergency kit, compliments of Dr. Trinh Nguyen and the staff of the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center!
Your Emergency Kit
What should you put in an earthquake kit for oral care? You might argue that some of these items you already have around the house, so why should you put them in the kit? Keep in mind that you never know what will be going on after an event, such as an earthquake.
Toothpaste, of course. But don’t just assume you can pack one tube for the whole family. For instance, your toddler would probably do best with a toothpaste made for kids.
Toothbrushes for every member of the family
Special items for oral care — does someone in the family wear dentures? Don’t forget denture cleaner. Does someone wear braces? Don’t forget flossers or other tools that brace-wearers need to keep their teeth clean.
Does your pet have oral health problems? Don’t forget to pack up tools for cleaning their teeth too.
Gum with xylitol, which helps to keep teeth clean. Gum is a quick way to freshen your breath. Make sure you get sugar-free gum, though.
Bottled water. This is important to include in any emergency kit. You’ll want to make sure you have clean water when it’s time to brush. It’s also good to rinse after eating when you can’t get to brushing right away.
Healthy snacks. Again, these are important for emergencies for many reasons. Make sure you pack snacks that aren’t sugary. Snacks that are good for teeth that will keep well for a long time include: peanuts, almonds and cashews (which contain vitamins and minerals that keep teeth and gums healthy); cans of beans, which contain mouth-healthy vitamins and minerals; and raisins.
It is worth the time and effort to put together an emergency kit before you ever need it. It is easy to do. Once you put it together, all you have to do is periodically check it to make sure items haven’t gone bad and need to be replaced.
We should all be prepared for the worst while hoping for the best. And this could describe visiting your dentist, too! Make sure you visit Dr. Trinh Nguyen and the staff of the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center twice a year for your regular check-ups! Call the center today at (714)-702-1328.
Do you love baseball? Or is golf more your thing? If you are worried about the safety of your teeth, here are some reasons why you should choose golf over baseball!
The first thing that may come to mind when you think of baseball is a man standing on the pitcher’s mound squinting in the sun and spitting tobacco out his mouth. Although baseball teams have started cracking down on chewing tobacco (which can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and even oral cancer) baseball still holds dangers for the teeth.
After all, if you are the hitter, the baseball is coming straight at you at speeds anywhere from 40 to 100 miles per hour (granted, you would have to be a professional player to have a ball coming at you at 100 miles per hour, but even 40 miles per hour is pretty fast if you get a ball to the face!). If you are in the outfield, you are facing a ball that has been hit and is coming at you at 60 miles an hour (or more).
And of course, baseball can sometimes turn into a contact sport, with players crashing into each other as they all try to get the ball or sliding into the base. You could even argue that baseball encourages cavities. Remember when they used to package baseball cards and sugary gum together?
Because baseball can be dangerous for teeth, if you love playing the game, you don’t want to forget your mouthguard! Mouthguards can help protect players from cuts on the lips and tongue, and even more serious problems such as broken teeth and jaw injuries. Mouthguards aren’t just for baseball, though. Basketball, hockey, soccer and football players also should wear mouth protection because you never know what might happen out there as you’re playing the game.
Golf, on the other hand, is a bit safer than baseball, just because the ball is supposed to be going the other direction and because you are supposedly not standing within your buddy’s swing radius. However, bad golf players can hit balls off the green, which could hurt you or someone near you. If you are careful, though, the danger is minimal.
The odds of golf becoming a contact sport are also not very high. Indeed, the only way golf may be a real danger to your teeth is if you use your weekly golf game as a chance to drink down lots of sugary, cavity-inducing soft drinks!
Whether you love to play baseball or some other potentially dangerous sport, you should always make a special effort to protect your teeth and mouth. But despite our best efforts, bad things do happen sometimes. If you need cosmetic dentistry or dental implants because of an unfortunate accident caused by a fast pitch, the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center can help!
The CDIC not only offers cosmetic and implant dentistry, but we also offer other personalized and high-quality dental care, all courtesy of our compassionate and expert staff. We offer office hours to accommodate your busy schedule and payment plans so that you can get help for your teeth without emptying out your wallet.
If you have any questions about how best to take care of your teeth while playing sports, if you need help after a sports accident or if you just need a routine cleaning, give the Cosmetic and Dental Implant Center a call at (714) 702-1328!
Come and join us for our annual spring picnic filled with food, games and other activities. Please RSVP with Tara Orta at (714)257-0330 or Brea@cdicdental.com.
Sunday, April 12th 2015 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Clark Regional Park at the “Clark Shelter”
8800 Rosecrans Avenue
Buena Park, CA 90621