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Your Dentists in Tampa, Florida - Gregory J. Gauthier DDS, LLC

April 2012

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National Facial Protection Month

A month-long campaign to promote the use of mouth guards and appropriate hear gear.

Dr. Gauthier and the rest of the staff at Gregory J. Gauthier DDS, LLC all support efforts by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatric Dentists and American Association of Orthodontists to promote "National Facial Protection Month" in April.

A mouth guard a day keeps the doctor away?

Every year, dentists are called upon to treat children and active adults who have sustained knocked out teeth, broken jaws and other facial injuries during organized sports and recreational activities. For most of these patients, terrible injuries could have been less severe or prevented entirely if they had worn a mouthguard, helmet or other protective head gear.

If a jaw or mouth injury is severe enough that it requires a trip to the emergency room, the injured athlete or their responsible adult (parent or coach) should ask to have an oral and maxillofacial surgeon called for consultation. If the athlete has braces or wears a retainer, his or her orthodonist should also be notified the next business day because the injury may affect the course of treatment.

Prevention Is Key!

Although mouth guards and helmets are now considered standard equipment for football and ice hockey players, protective head gear should be worn during any contact sport. The term “contact sport” does not just mean the kind of sport in which the goal is for one player to hit another, like boxing or mixed martial arts. It also includes any sport in which a player may have his or her face come into contact with another player, the pavement or a hard object. In other words, this includes: basketball, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, in-line skating, and “extreme” sports like BMX biking and skateboarding.

New synthetic materials and advances in design have produced mouth guards that are sturdy yet lightweight. Mouth guards can vary from the inexpensive stock models (avoid!) to custom-fabricated protectors made by dentists (costly, but usually the most comfortable). Be sure to *at least* use a “boil and bite” device suitable for the specific sport. When selecting a mouth guard, consider the fit (does it stay on the teeth and not misalign the jaw?), ability to speak and breathe, and level of protection to the teeth, gums and lips. Also be sure to clean, dry and properly store the mouth guard in between uses (there are even cases designed to be clipped to equipment bags, such as the one shown below). Always have a spare and replace your mouth guard as soon as it gets torn or worn-down.

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Dental Practice Philosophy...

Gregory J. Gauthier DDS, LLC The philosophy at the Practice of Gregory J. Gauthier DDS, LLC is simple: Our entire team provides treatment to the whole person because the health and appearance of your teeth and gums are very much related to the health and appearance of the rest of your body.

Dr. Gauthier and his staff want to help you achieve your goals for dental comfort, function and attractiveness. In fact, we're here to make that happen! From the moment you walk in the door, you'll be welcomed by caring staff members. If someone else drives you to your appointment, we want them to feel welcome too, so we have free wi-fi access as well as a television and an assortment of current magazines in the lobby.

Your dentists (Dr. Gauthier and Dr. Tiffenberg) offer a full range of cosmetic, restorative and general dental treatments, Including: teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, crowns, bridges and preventive care. Th Your Your

Speaking of preventive care, your dental hygienists (Penny and Laura) are eager to teach you how to take better care of your teeth and gums while they are providing cleanings and other treatments under the dentist's supervision. In addition to working with the dentist during a procedure, your dental assistants (Kim, Anabelle and sometimes Tammy) are happy to answer your questions and address your concerns before and afterwards. Your business staff (Mindy and Tammy) are ready to help you make an appointment, register, check-out and understand your dental insurance (or, if you do not have insurance, help you apply for a CareCredit payment plan account).

To learn more about our staff, comprehensive services and office procedures, please take a few moments to look over the informative pages on our website. For additional information, you can always contact our office by e-mail, telephone or stopping in.

Relax with confidence when you visit the Practice of Gregory J. Gauthier DDS, LLC. We're here to help you maximize your dental heath and gorgeous smile!

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Where did the practice history go that was formerly featured on the homepage? You can still read it at the Practice History link.