Floyd Mayweather Jr. invests in $25,000 mouthguard

Boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr spent $25,000 for “custom-fitted mouthguards that are variously stuffed with $100 bills (or flecked with gold).” The Post adds that according to TMZ the mouthguards were custom-made by Mayweather’s dentist and some “even feature diamond dust.”

To learn more about custom mouth guards, call our office at 205-995-1450.

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Your Dentist Can Save Your Life – Dental Exams Also Include Oral Cancer Screenings

Although many people are most concerned with their dentist finding cavities during an exam, dentists “are also looking for signs of cancer” and have diagnostic tools at their disposal specifically for oral cancer. Symptoms of a cancerous or pre-cancerous oral lesion include visible sores, or a feeling like something is caught in the throat, and in “more advanced cases” it could be a sore that has persisted for two weeks. “The areas of highest risk for developing these lesions are on the tongue and the floor of the mouth,” the article adds.

To learn more about oral cancer screening, call our office at 205-995-1450.

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5 Cases When Frugality Can Cost You Money – Skipping Dental Visits and Preventive Health Check-Ups May Prove Expensive.

Here are five scenarios in which being overly frugal may cost more in the long run. One of those cases is when it comes to a patient’s health, as it “might be tempting to skip a doctor’s appointment or forgo getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist.” However, avoiding preventive care “is ‘false savings,’” since “catching an illness or treating an injury early on is better for your net worth and your well-being,” US News reports. “Visit the doctor and the dentist,” the article says.

Dr. Randle and his experienced staff are dedicated to providing you with the personalized and gentle care you deserve.  We offer the highest quality of dental therapy in a comfortable and compassionate environment.  It is our goal is to establish a relationship with you and your family for all your dental therapy needs.

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Some Foods May Stain Teeth.  Which Foods Actually Stain Your Teeth (and Which Don’t)

Research shows people with whiter teeth are perceived as more socially competent, smarter, more satisfied with their relationships, and more psychologically adjusted. A brighter smile may lead to more success in both your professional and personal lives.

To learn more about how you can have a brighter smile, call our office at 205-995-1450. With our ZOOM Advanced Power tooth whitening system, you can get your teeth as many as 5 shades whiter, in one appointment.

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Diabetes & Oral Health: How to Protect Your Teeth

Your diabetes can affect your teeth. Having uncontrolled diabetes can mean you’re more likely to get gum disease or the other problems below. The good news: Good habits will help keep your mouth healthy.

Diabetes can make you more likely to have cavities and fungal infections. Other potential problems include:

  • Difficulty fighting off infections, including those that might lead to gum disease
  • Slower healing time after dental surgery

Dry mouth, called xerostomia, is common among people with diabetes. Saliva is important to oral health — it helps wash away food particles and keep the mouth moist. When you don’t produce enough moisture, bacteria thrive, tissues can get irritated and inflamed, and your teeth can be more prone to decay.

Even so, you can protect your teeth and oral health. Here’s how.  Steps to Take

  • Make sure you brush at least twice a day and floss once a day.
  • Use an antibacterial mouth rinse twice a day to help curb bacteria that can cause plaque buildup on teeth and gums.
  • Check your mouth for inflammation or signs of bleeding gums. If you notice either, let your dentist know as soon as possible.
  • Have your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months, or even every 3 or 4 months. Your dentist may suggest stepping up the cleaning schedule if you tend to build up plaque or tartar quickly.
  • Make sure your dentist knows that you have diabetes. Give her the names of all prescription and over-the-counter drugs you take.

We  may refer you to a periodontist — a dentist who specializes in gum disease — if your gum problems persist or seem to get worse. 

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What You Can Do About Bad Breath

It’s easy to improve your breath and keep your teeth and gums healthy at the same time. Try these simple steps to make your mouth feel fresh and clean.

1. Brush and floss more often.  Plaque, the sticky buildup on your teeth, collect bacteria that cause bad breath.  Trapped food also adds to the problem.  Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. If you’re concerned about your breath, do it a little more often.  Don’t overdo things, though. If you brush too hard you can wear down your teeth, making them vulnerable to decay.

2. Scrape your tongue.  The coating that normally forms on your tongue can be a host for smelly bacteria. To get rid of them, gently brush it with your toothbrush.  If it’s too big to comfortably reach the back of your tongue, try a scraper. “They’re designed specifically to apply even pressure across the surface of the tongue area, removing bacteria, food debris, and dead cells that brushing alone can’t remove,” says hygienist Pamela L. Quinones, past president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.

3. Avoid foods that sour your breath.  Onions and garlic are big offenders. But brushing after you eat them doesn’t help.  The substances that cause their bad smells make their way into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs, where you breathe them out, says dentist Richard Price, DMD, a spokesman for the American Dental Association.  The best way to stop the problem? Don’t eat them, or at least avoid them before you go to work or see friends.

4. Kick the tobacco habit.  Besides causing cancer, smoking can damage your gums, stain your teeth, and give you bad breath.  Over-the-counter nicotine patches can help tame the urge. If you need a little help, make an appointment with your doctor to talk about quit-smoking programs or prescription medications that can help you give up tobacco for good.

5. Rinse your mouth out.  Besides freshening your breath, mouthwashes add extra protection by getting rid of bacteria that can cause bad breath. Choose one that kills germs.  You can also help your breath if you swish your mouth with plain water after you eat. It can get rid of food particles that get stuck in your teeth.

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April is National Facial Protection Month

Wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports!

To learn more about custom mouth guards or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Randle, please call our office at 995-1450.

Five Tips to Prevent Facial Injuries with Simple Sports Safety Precautions:
1. Wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports.
2. Wear a helmet.
3. Wear protective eyewear.
4. Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin.
5. Make protective gear mandatory for all sports.

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There’s just something about spring and early summer in the South

There’s just something about spring and early summer in the South.  It just seems like anything is possible.  Renewal……new beginnings.

In the Spring and Summer, we always see an increase in people who want to improve there smile in a dramatic way.

Our first step in helping someone transform their smile, whether it’s a small correction or a full reconstruction,  almost always begins with our ZOOM! Advanced Power tooth whitening system.

It is truly the most conservative, yet often the most dramatic cosmetic procedure we perform.

Whether your teeth are already pretty white, or you have the really dark Tetracycline stain ……..we have tooth whitening plan for you that will work.

For a short time we are offering $100 off our ZOOM! Advanced Power tooth whitening.

Thanks for reading our Blog.

Call us with any questions you might have.  Let us find a way to say YES to you.

Dr. Randle


205.995.1450     |     101 Missionary Ridge, Ste 101, Birmingham, AL  35242

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