Scott Shamblott

Athletic Mouth Protectors

Now that the school year is in full swing, student athletes are heading to practice and beginning their fall season sports. While helmets, pads, and other protective sports equipment seem like obvious necessities, there’s one more piece of athletic gear you need to make sure you’re not forgetting: your athletic mouthguard. According to the National Youth Sports Foundation for the Prevention of Athletic Injuries, dental injuries are among the most common sports-related injuries in children participating in sports activities. The […]

Dental Health and Dementia

People who keep their teeth and gums healthy with regular brushing may have a lower risk of developing dementia later in life, according to a U.S. study. Researchers at the University of California who followed nearly 5,500 elderly people over an 18-year-period found that those who reported brushing their teeth less than once a day were up to 65 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed daily. The study followed 5,468 men and women who were asked about […]

Ask Dr S: How do whitening toothpastes work?

Most brands of adult toothpastes on store shelves boast whitening capabilities.  Many people wonder how these whitening toothpastes work, if they ruin your tooth enamel, and whether they work as well as bleaching trays. To get to the root of the first question, we have to understand how teeth stain.  The outer layer of our teeth is called the enamel. Enamel is a porous material, meaning it can hold things in the little spaces or holes it contains.  When we […]

A mother’s love for her children: Don’t share your dental anxiety with your kids

    For many of us, our children spent this past weekend professing their love for us.  We care for them, we nurture them, and the days following Mother’s Day is a perfect time to reflect on how our love shapes our children. As mothers, we pass along many of our hopes, dreams, and fears to our children, as well as many of our personality traits.  And we do most of this unconsciously, without even trying. When it comes to […]