By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
October 17, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Most sports injuries involving children and teens involve hard contact, say health experts at John Hopkins University. Parents, you're not athletic mouthguardsurprised, are you? You've been in the ER for an ankle sprain from football, and you worry about concussions from soccer. What about oral injuries? Well, they rank high on the list of sports injuries, too, leading to the question, "Does my child need an athletic mouth guard?" Why not ask your Nashua, NH dentist, Dr. Robert LaRocque?

More than broken teeth

Basically, your dentist in Nashua will tell you that yes, your child needs an athletic mouthguard, and it's not just for wrestling, martial arts or football. The American Dental Association (ADA) says that children, teens and adults should wear custom-made mouth guards for other types of physical activities such as biking, lifting weights, gymnastics and running. While we may not think these sports threaten our oral health, they really can.

For instance, children fall off bikes--often face first, fracturing jaws, cutting the lips and tongue and knocking out teeth. Running and weight lifting exert tremendous pressures on the jaw and teeth because children and teens typically clench and grind their teeth while exerting themselves physically. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMD, may occur over time.

The ADA goes on to say that kids and adults benefit from mouth guards because these appliances:

  • Cushion teeth and gums
  • Cover teeth (and braces)
  • Protect against blows to the mouth and jaw
  • Help avoid concussions and other head injuries

Additionally, for younger children who still have many primary teeth, mouth guards protect against premature loss and the misalignment, speech and nutritional problems that often accompany missing baby teeth.

Types of athletic mouth guards

By far the best kind of athletic mouth guard for your child is one he or she wears consistently. So Dr. La Rocque and his caring team urge parents to instill the mouth guard habit early on in a child's development, along with car seats, seat belts and other precautions.

Also, your Nashua dentist asks you to avoid drug store "boil and bite" guards. Typically, they are made from lower quality materials, and because they are a modified one-size-fits-all appliance, fit and durability are not optimal.

Rather, your best bet is a custom-crafted acrylic mouth guard from your dentist. These appliances fit perfectly, feel comfortable and allow your child to breathe freely. Dr. LaRocque will examine your child's mouth and take careful oral impressions to ensure proper size and fit. He'll also check your child's appliance at his or her semi-annual exam and cleaning appointment.

Keep smiling

You and your child can when you protect his or her teeth and gums with a custom-made athletic mouth guard. For more information or to arrange a consultation, contact Dr. LaRocque in Nashua, NH at (603) 883-6010.

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
August 23, 2017
Tags: invisalign   Clear Braces  

Discover how this nearly invisible aligner system could straighten your smile.Invisalign

 

You’ve decided it’s time to say goodbye to your crooked smile but maybe you are worried about getting braces as an adult. While more and more adults are choosing to get braces later in life, the idea wearing metal braces is not very appealing. Our Nashua, NH, dentist Dr. Robert LaRocque knows this, which is why we are pleased to offer a much more discreet solution.

How Invisalign Works

Instead of the bracket-and-wire approach that traditional braces take, Invisalign uses a set of custom-made clear aligners that are made specifically to fit over your upper and/or lower teeth. Since aligners are created based on digital images of your teeth, they will provide the proper force they need to shift teeth into the proper position.

Each set of aligners is designed to shift teeth a very specific amount over the course of the two weeks they are worn. After which, you’ll replace the current aligners for the next set of aligners in your plan. Over time, you’ll be able to see the wonderful changes that Invisalign is making to correct your smile.

Invisalign Candidates

Most people think that Invisalign can’t fix many dental issues, but this is simply incorrect. In fact, Invisalign can fix everything from minor to more serious misalignments. You may want to consider getting Invisalign in Nashua, NH, if you are dealing with:

  • Crookedness
  • Overlapping or crowding
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

If you are dealing with one of the above issues and want to straighten your smile then it’s time you talked to our Nashua, NH, general dentist about whether Invisalign is right for you. This treatment is also a great option for older teens and adults but isn’t ideal for children and young teens (whose teeth are still growing).

Certain misalignments that require intricate tooth movements or any pre-existing dental work (e.g. dental bridges) may make it impossible to get Invisalign. When you come into our office we will be able to determine whether or not Invisalign is the best choice for you.

Do you have questions about Invisalign? Want to find out if you are the ideal candidate for this treatment? Then it’s time you called our Nashua, NH, dental office to schedule an orthodontic consultation with us.

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
June 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

It doesn’t have to be difficult to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Here’s how!dental hygiene

Whether our Nashua, NH, dentist, Dr. Robert LaRocque, just told you that you have a cavity or you just realized that you aren’t really sure what your smile needs to stay healthy, there has never been a better time to reevaluate everything you are doing for your smile. Discover the many ways you can keep teeth and gums feeling their best!

Perfect Your Technique

While most people brush and floss their teeth, not everyone was shown the proper technique. If you really aren’t sure if you are brushing or flossing properly, this is the perfect time to talk to our Nashua general dentist to get some advice on how to care for your smile. Remember, if you’ve just recently started flossing again you may notice sore or even bleeding gums; however, gums will toughen up the more often you do it.

Ditch the Cigarettes

If you are someone who uses any kind of tobacco product, this is the perfect time to find out the best strategies for kicking that habit once and for all. If you are a smoker, you may find that you deal with nasty stains, bad breath, gum disease or prolonged healing. Not to mention the fact that this habit can greatly increase your chances of oral cancer.

Avoid Sugar

Sugar can really cause a lot of damage to healthy tooth enamel, particularly if you consume a lot. You may be surprised to find out just how much sugar you eat everyday that you weren’t even aware of. Just because you aren’t enjoying dessert doesn’t mean that you aren’t eating foods and drinks with a surprising amount of sugar.

Don’t Drink Diet Sodas or Sports Drinks

You may think you are being more health conscious by picking up the sugar-free soda or sports drinks, but these beverages still contain a lot of acids, which can be just as damaging to enamel as sugar. If you want to protect your teeth from erosion, then just opt for a refreshing bottle of water.

Don’t let decay and other issues ruin your oral health. Call our Nashua, NH, dental office to schedule your upcoming cleaning. If you haven’t been keeping up with those six-month appointments, it’s time you started. Book your next routine exam today!

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
April 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Your whole smile changes the second you lose a tooth. Luckily, tooth loss doesn't have to alter your smile permanently. Nashua, NH, dental implantsdentist, Dr. Robert LaRoque, discusses why it's important to replace your missing tooth and explains how dental implants can help.

Why should I replace the tooth?

There's no doubt that replacing a missing tooth can be a little costly, but failing to restore your smile can be even more expensive in the long run. If you've lost a molar, you might think that you'll just chew on the other side of your mouth. Chewing exclusively on one side increases the wear and tear on teeth on that side. Those teeth will be more susceptible to cracking on that side, and your risk for cavities may even increase. A lost tooth can also weaken your jawbone and cause your remaining teeth to drift. You might also suffer bite issues, due to shifting teeth.

Why is a dental implant a good option?

Bridges and dentures restore your smile above the gum line, but they don't address the loss of your tooth roots. If you don't replace the roots, you will still experience jawbone loss and you may find it more difficult to chew, due to reduced biting power. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that offers root replacement.

How does the dental implant process work?

Before you receive an implant, you'll visit Dr. LaRoque's Nashua office for a complete examination. In most cases, you'll be a good candidate for an implant if you're in good oral and general health, don't have a disease that affects healing, practice good oral hygiene, don't smoke and have good jawbone depth.

You'll need minor surgery to create an opening in your jawbone that will hold the dental implant. The implant is a small post that will eventually support a crown. After the implant is placed in the bone, your gums will be closed over it. Over the next several months, the post will begin to fuse to the bone. When your new implant is firmly rooted in your jawbone, you'll return to Dr. LaRoque's office to be fitted for a crown that will be attached to the implant.

Don't let a lost tooth diminish your smile. Call Nashua, NH, dentist, Dr. Robert LaRoque, at (603) 883-6010 to schedule an appointment to discuss dental implants.

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
March 06, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   periodontics  

Are you worried about your puffy gums, loose teeth or bad breath?gum disease

If so, it’s time to give Dr. Robert LaRocque in Nashua, NH, a call.

The fact is, puffy gums could be a sign of developing gum disease – a condition you want to eliminate as quickly as possible. Gum disease, which is caused by bacteria that also causes plaque and tartar on your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay and tooth and bone loss. The good news is that gum disease can be treated and even prevented.

The American Dental Association notes that gum disease starts as a condition called gingivitis, which is characterized by the red, swollen, tender gums; if left untreated, it can progress into periodontitis, which can cause serious problems.

Some people are more prone to gum disease than others. According to the ADA, people with poor oral health habits, people with underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes, and people taking certain medications can be more susceptible to gum disease. Your Nashua dentist can help you come up with a plan to head off gum disease before it gets serious.

The ADA suggests regular oral hygiene which includes brushing, flossing and regular visits/checkups with a qualified dentist such as Dr. LaRocque.

Don’t ignore these signs of gum disease:

  • Persistent, severe bad breath
  • Persistent bad taste in your mouth
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Tender, painful gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Gums that have pulled away or receded from your teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Change in bite alignment
  • Discoloration

If you live in Nashua, NH, and suspect you might have gum disease, make an appointment with Dr. LaRocque today. For more information call 603-883-6010.





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