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On June 3, the Department of Health made a statement that dental offices can resume seeing all patients for all (emergency and routine) care. In an effort to make Baccellieri Family Dentistry the safest environment we can, we have made some changes over the last few months.


What improvements have we made to further eliminate virus transmission?


•  UV lighting was installed in the ventilation to kill 99% of germs and viruses.
•  In addition to following OSHA guidelines for cleaning rooms, we use an HOCl fogger to disinfect the environment between patients in treatment rooms and used periodically in open spaces.
•  Staff members use additional Personal Protective Equipment (sterile gowns, shields, hair coverings) along with the typical sterile gloves and KN95 masks they have always worn.
•  We installed plastic barriers at check-in and check-out for your safety while talking to front desk staff.


What to expect when you come in for an appointment?


•  You will be asked to wear a mask or face covering into the office, wearing at all times except while you are being treated.
•  At entry, you will be asked to use hand sanitizer, a staff member will take your temperature (no contact / forehead) and do a brief screening for illness.
•  The waiting room is arranged so that the recommended 6 foot social distancing is in effect.


We are excited to see our patients again and help maintain those healthy smiles!

Mouthguards/Night Guards/Bruxism


Image of a mouthgaurdThe terms "mouthguard" and "night guard" refer to the same basic appliance, a plastic covering that is worn over the teeth for protection. There are three major types of mouthguards: stock protectors, boil and bite protectors, and custom-fit protectors. The first two options are store-bought and inexpensive. However, they are usually bulky, uncomfortable, and less effective than the custom-fit alternative. At Baccellieri Family Dentistry, we specialize in custom-fit mouthguards because we believe they are the ideal solution, whether you need one for physical activities or to combat bruxism.

Why You May Need a Mouthguard


We recommend mouthguards for anyone, children and adults, involved with physical activities that put them at risk for injury or trauma. This includes contact sports such as ice hockey, football, soccer, basketball, boxing, field hockey, and lacrosse. We may also recommend a mouthguard if you participate in recreational activities like skateboarding, mountain biking, and rollerblading. Even those who participate in gymnastics could benefit from wearing a mouthguard.

In general, mouthguards are used to cover the upper teeth. However, Dr. Baccellieri Jr. may recommend a mouthguard for the lower teeth as well, specifically if you wear braces or another fixed appliance. Your custom-fit mouthguard should be comfortable, durable, and resistant to tears. A good mouthguard is also easy to clean and does not affect your breathing or speech.

What Is Bruxism?


Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, affects roughly 30 to 40 million Americans. Bruxism can have a variety of causes, from stress and anxiety to malocclusions (misaligned bites). In rare cases, bruxism can be the result of certain diseases or medications. More often than not, most people are unaware that they suffer from bruxism because it happens during sleep. This is referred to as nocturnal bruxism.

If bruxism remains untreated, it can cause the outer layers of the enamel to wear away. It can also damage existing dental fillings and crowns. It is important to treat the disorder before it causes major damage.

Those with bruxism may experience the following symptoms:
•  TMJ disorders or pain in the jaw
•  Swelling on the side of the lower jaw
•  Damaged teeth or broken dental appliances
•  Persistent facial pain
•  Rhythmic contractions of the jaw muscles
•  Morning headaches
•  Grinding sounds during sleep, usually reported by a sleep partner
•  Pain or discomfort when opening the mouth

Why You May Need a Night Guard


A night guard is one of the best ways to treat nocturnal bruxism. The plastic appliance will shield your enamel from the pressures of your bite. Your night guard may take some getting used to, but after about a week it will begin to feel normal. Because it is custom-fit, you should not experience any pain or discomfort. If you chose not to wear a night guard, you might be putting yourself at risk for serious complications later down the line. Stress-reduction techniques are also a popular way to reduce the harmful effects of bruxism.

Schedule a Consultation


If you think you could benefit for a mouth guard call 610-444-0208, and schedule your consultation appointment now!
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