Posts for: November, 2015

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
November 28, 2015
Category: Oral Health

For major-league slugger Giancarlo Stanton, 2014 was a record-breaking year. After the baseball season ended, he signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins — the biggest deal in sports history. But earlier that same year, Stanton suffered one of the worst accidents in baseball: He was hit in the face by an 88-mph fastball, sustaining multiple fractures, lacerations, and extensive dental damage.

After the accident, Stanton didn’t play for the remainder of the season. But now he’s back in Spring Training… and he’s got a not-so-secret weapon to help protect him against another injury: A custom-made face guard designed to absorb impacts and keep him from suffering further trauma.

As sports fans, we’re glad that Stanton was able to overcome his injury and get back in the game. As dentists, we’d like to remind you that you don’t have to be a major-league player to feel the harmful effects of a sports injury — and you don’t have to look far to find a way to protect yourself. In fact, you can get a custom-made mouthguard right here at the dental office.

Mouthguards have a long tradition in sports like football, boxing, and hockey. But did you know that far more Americans are injured every year playing “non-collision” sports like basketball, baseball — and even bicycling? And it doesn’t take a major-league fastball to cause a dental injury: The highest incidence of sports-related dental injuries occurs in 15-to-18-year-old males. In fact, about one-third of all dental injuries among children stem from various types of sports activities. These injuries may result in countless hours being lost from school and work, and cost significant sums for treatment and restoration.

Mouthguards have a proven track record in reducing dental and facial injuries: They are capable of absorbing the energy of a blow to the mouth, and dissipating it in a way that prevents damage to facial structures and teeth. But not all mouthguards are created equal: Custom-fabricated mouthguards, which are produced from an exact model of your mouth made right here in the dental office, offer by far the best protection. They fit better and safeguard the teeth more fully than any off-the-shelf or “boil-and-bite” type can. Plus, they’re more comfortable to wear. And let’s face it: No mouth guard can protect your teeth if you don’t wear it.

What’s more, some recent studies indicate that custom-made mouthguards may offer significant protection against concussion. An increasing awareness of the dangers that concussion may pose to athletes is one more reason why we recommend custom-made mouthguards to active people and their families.

To get his face guard, Giancarlo Stanton reportedly went to a specialist sporting-goods manufacturer in Illinois, and paid around $1,000. But you can get a custom-made mouthguard for yourself or your loved ones right at our office for a fraction of that price. And the peace of mind it can give you is… priceless.

If you have questions about custom-made mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry” and “Athletic Mouthguards.”


Like the rest of their bodies, children’s teeth and mouth are on a rapid development track. By the time they’re young adults, they will have had two sets of teeth, extensive bone growth and a noticeable change in their features. The natural process is truly amazing.

But dental disease can easily derail their development, with tooth decay the most common problem children encounter. More than at any other time of life, preventive dental care is a top priority.

True preventive care for your child includes the entire mouth, not just the teeth. Our main focus, of course, is to head off tooth decay before it develops, including the application of topical fluoride or sealants when appropriate. But we also monitor bite development and provide protection against sports injuries or other forms of trauma with customized mouth guards.

You also have a part to play in your child’s preventive dental care. It begins when your child’s first teeth begin to emerge in the mouth — the point when you should begin brushing them. You can also reduce the risk of dental disease by providing a nutritious diet that’s high in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in sugar, especially between-meal snacks.

You should also start regular dental visits around their first birthday. This is not only the best time to begin professional care, but your child will also have an easier time at this age becoming comfortable with visiting the dentist than waiting until they’re older.

Taking care of your child’s teeth is a working partnership between you and us: we provide the professional care your child needs to develop properly, while you look to their daily hygiene and nutrition, which is just as important for your child’s healthy development. Through our partnership, we can ensure your child is getting the very best start toward a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

If you would like more information on preventive dental care for your child, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Joel E. Johnson, DMD, PA
November 11, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Find out the many advantages of getting dental implants in Columbia, SC.

Interested in finding the best tooth replacement option for a missing tooth? Then find out how dental implants could boost your oral Dental Implantshealth and how your Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Joel Johnson can help make this possible.

Next best thing to natural teeth

Nothing will every truly be as good as your natural teeth, but dental implants are the next best option for those with missing teeth. That’s because an implant is designed to both look and function just like a natural tooth. And since the jawbone grows around the implant it becomes a permanent part of your mouth. With the proper care your dental implant could last the rest of your life.

Preserves the jawbone

When you lose a tooth the issues don’t just stop there. Since the missing tooth is no longer stimulating the jawbone, the bone starts to deteriorate and recede. As the jawbone recedes the cheeks begin to sag and sink in. Unfortunately, tooth loss can wreak havoc on your facial structure and the health of your jawbone, but dental implants can change all that. Since the implant acts like tooth roots it stimulates the bone enough to prevent deterioration and also promotes the production of new bone cells.

Boost your appearance and your self-esteem

If you’re dealing with tooth loss then chances are people may notice your incomplete smile first, which can be frustrating and embarrassing. But one of the major benefits of getting dental implants in Columbia, SC is that you can get back that full smile. Better yet, because you have a natural, complete smile you will also find confidence again in your appearance. No need to feel nervous smiling or talking to those around you.

Protect healthy natural teeth

Other tooth replacements like dental bridges need to grind down neighboring natural teeth in order to hold the restoration in place. Not only is this preparation irreversible but it could also pose some long-term health complications. Fortunately, dental implants don’t need to use other natural teeth, so the rest of your smile isn’t affected by this restoration.

Ready to find out if dental implants are right for you? Then schedule a consultation with Dr. Johnson, your dentist in Columbia, SC, today.

Columbia, SC Dentist
Joel E Johnson, DMD, PA
9 Office Park Ct.
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 788-2555
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