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Under Armour Performance Mouthwear—available at Moorehead Family Dentistry—offers athletes a competitive edge by unlocking the power of the jaw.

When an athlete is under physical exertion, the body’s natural response is to clench the jaw. This simple act can be detrimental to the athlete’s performance because the clenching releases hormones that trigger stress, fatigue, and distraction.  No athlete wants that.

The magic behind the Under Armour Performance Mouthwear is that it prevents the teeth from clenching and pivots the jaw forward to relieve pressure on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This, in turn, helps athletes retain every ounce of power and strength that their bodies can muster and helps them continue to push the limits of their physical ability.

Because Under Armour Performance Mouthwear is a custom-fitted appliance, it can only be designed with the help of a trained dentist. Three mouthpiece models are available depending on the intensity and contact level of your sport. Dr. Doug Moorehead at Moorehead Family Dentistry is one of the leading dentists in Cincinnati who provides this service.  Many of his athlete-patients are globally renowned in their fields have reported exceptional results from the mouthpiece.

“I used to clench my jaw when doing any physical activity—even simple stuff in a controlled setting, like pull-ups or basic weight training or rehab,” says Sam Dancer (pictured above), a nationally ranked CrossFit competitor, owner of Q-town Crossfit (www.qtowncrossfit.com), member of the San Francisco Fire National Pro Grid League team, and contestant on CMT’s Broken Skull Challenge. “By doing this, I was teaching my body that it needed to clench to do these tasks. So clenching was basically my on and off switch. Neurologically I was creating a compensatory mechanism that was not only damaging my teeth but not allowing other more important areas of my body do the work my jaw was trying to compensate for.”

To fix this performance-squelching problem, Sam went to Moorehead Family Dentistry last summer to receive a custom-fitted Under Armour Performance Mouthwear.  He reports these results: “It started with just weightlifting. I noticed it was helping me breathe better so I started to wear it during my conditioning as well. I have recommended this to athletes and non-athletes. You are never too athletic or non-athletic to learn how to be better.”  

Sam isn’t the only one raving about the impact of Under Armour Performance Mouthwear. Another patient of Moorehead Family Dentistry, Laura Sweatt, is co-owner of the Sweatt Shop Personal Training (www.sweattshop.com) and known by some as “the strongest woman in the world” because she has set and broken numerous world records in powerlifting over the past 10 years. Laura received her mouthpiece from Dr. Moorehead about a year and a half ago.

She reports: “For me, the biggest benefit is for head alignment. The way we teach lifting is that a neutral head position is really important. The way the mouthpiece is designed, when you bite down, it reinforces that neural head position, which is a more powerful position. Anytime you bend your neck back, you shut down your power. Biting onto the mouthpiece helps keep alignment. For people who grind their teeth, you have the added benefit of protecting their teeth when they clench their mouth shut.”

She describes the process of getting her mouthpiece as extremely easy—just a simple fitting at Moorehead Family Dentistry and then it arrived less than two weeks later. Unlike other mouthguards, Laura says the Under Armour model is very noninvasive and allows her to breathe and speak easily.

“I never thought to get a mouthguard for the type of training I do, but now having it, I’m really happy with it, and I try to tell everybody at my gym about it,” Laura says. “It’s worth every penny.”

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, the Under Armour Performance Mouthwear can help take your training to the next level. Call Moorehead Family Dentistry to schedule your appointment today. 

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If your palms start sweating and your pulse starts racing at the sound of a dental drill, you’re not crazy—and you’re not alone. Dental anxiety is real, and it’s more common than you might realize. Some dentists estimate that dental anxiety results in as many as 20 percent of patients avoiding the dentist until it’s absolutely necessary. Some patients avoid the dentist entirely, even when they’re in pain.

To help his patients overcome the anxiety of dentist visits, Dr. Doug Moorehead received advanced post-doctoral training and certification in IV sedation. Also called sleep dentistry or conscious sedation dentistry, IV sedation injects small amounts of relaxation medication into a patient until the patient has fully relaxed into an almost sleep-like state. The intravenous nature of this approach means that the medication begins to work quickly, and patients awake with little to no memory of the procedure and virtually no pain.

“My goal in obtaining certification was to help remove a major barrier that keeps patients from seeking necessary dental treatment,” says Dr. Moorehead, who is one of just a few general dentists in Cincinnati to offer IV sedation.

Unlike oral sedation, IV sedation allows Dr. Moorehead to continually adjust the level of sedation throughout the procedure, if adjustments are needed. Patients’ vitals—including breathing, oxygenation, heart rhythm, and blood pressure—are continually assessed on a state-of-the-art monitor to ensure a safe procedure.

 “IV sedation is appropriate for patients with a sensitive gag reflex, patients with disabilities or sensitive teeth, patients who are undergoing long surgical procedures such as wisdom teeth removal or dental implants, or even just for those who experience anxiety during a simple cleaning,” says Dr. Moorehead. “IV sedation can be used during almost any office visit, for any reason.”

Dr. Moorehead says that IV sedation has become increasingly popular at Moorehead Family Dentistry, with multiple patients requesting the option each month. “Patients appreciate having the option of this service,” he says. “It’s very rewarding to see patients be free of fear, be completely relaxed, and have dental work done that they may have been putting off for a while.”

As an additional perk, IV sedation is covered by most insurance.

“It’s normal to experience some apprehension about going to the dentist, especially if you had a negative experience at the dentist as a child or if you’re heading into an extensive procedure,” says Dr. Moorehead. “But we want all patients to feel completely comfortable in our office—no matter how big or how small their treatment may be. IV sedation is a safe and effective option to help patients overcome their fear of dental visits and receive necessary treatment.”

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 As healthcare costs continue to rise dramatically, many families are struggling to afford quality dental care. Employers are dropping dental benefits from corporate healthcare plans, and self-employed small business owners find it challenging to access affordable dental insurance.

That’s why Moorehead Family Dentistry is offering a unique solution for those without dental insurance: Dental Discount Plans. These comprehensive plans are designed to provide families and individuals with a wide range of preventative dental services for one affordable yearly price.

For those without dental insurance, a Dental Discount Plan can save families more than $200 per year on routine cleanings, x-rays, and checkups.

Annual pricing is as follows:

 - First family member: $400

 - Second and third family member: $350

 - Additional family members under age 18: $200

 - Additional family members between age 18-26: $300

 *All family members must live in same household

 

Services that are 100% covered under a discount plan include:

- New patient comprehensive exam

- Established patient periodic exams

- Two adult cleanings per year

- Two child cleanings per year

- One fluoride treatment per year

- Full mouth radiograph (one every 5 years)

- Yearly radiograph checkup series

Additional services that are offered at a 25% discount:

- Periodontal Therapy

- Fillings

- Crowns

- Bridges

- Cosmetic Dentistry

- Whitening

- Root Canals

- Extractions

- Dentures and Partials

- Implants and Implant Restoration

- Invisalign

- And more!

Moorehead Family Dentistry Dental Discount Plans are designed to be easy and effective. Unlike traditional insurance plans, these Discount Plans come with no annual maximums, no insurance paperwork, no deductibles, no waiting periods or pre-existing exclusions, and no required pre-authorization. Plus, cosmetic dentistry is included!

To learn more about beginning a Dental Discount Plan, call the office at 513-984-3817.

 

Terms and Conditions

  • This is a dental discount plan and not a dental insurance.
  • Cannot be combined with any other insurance plan.
  • Membership Dues are non-refundable and must be paid in full before enrollment begins.
  • If payment is required, it is due in full at the time of service.
  • Yearly membership fees cannot be paid with CareCredit.
  • If using CareCredit to pay for procedures, only a 15% discount will apply due to processing fees.
  • The effective date of the plan is the day you enroll and is good for 12 consecutive months.
  • If doing Invisalign, you must remain a member for the duration of the treatment.
  • Cleanings must be completed before the end of the coverage date.
  • Membership is limited to Moorehead Family Dentistry, if you must be referred to a specialist, discounts will not apply at that location.
  • The 25% discount does not apply to sonicares, peridex, fluoride, whitening gels, or other take home products.
  • Membership fees or percentage discount is subject to change on a yearly basis.

Procedure fees are subject to change at office’s discretion.

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Though dentures can offer a significant improvement to daily mouth function, most denture-wearers will be quick to tell you that dentures aren’t perfect. Even after the learning curve, it can be difficult to eat certain foods or speak normally with dentures.

But there’s hope for improved denture function, and they’re called dental implants.

When replacing single missing teeth, a dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement option that uses a small titanium post—inserted into the jawbone—to serve as the “tooth root.” A life-like dental crown is then attached to the post for a natural-looking and natural-feeling tooth replacement.

For a completely edentulous patient with dentures, a specialized “locator attachment” is used instead of a crown. The attachment can be made to anchor the denture to the implant, resulting in an easy-to-wear denture option.

“When implants serve as anchors, dentures function more naturally,” says Dr. Moorehead.

For denture wearers, the most common scenario is to place two to four implants into the mandible (lower jaw). Dentures then snap onto the locator attachments to provide steadier chewing and speaking. 

“Unlike the upper dentures, which rely on suction against the palate to hold them in place, the lower dentures only rely on the lips, tongue, and cheeks to hold them in place, which can make them less stable,” Dr. Moorehead explains. “Of course, implants can also be used on the upper denture for increased stability, though it’s a little less common.”

The presence of ample bone is a key component of properly functioning dentures. The less bone that is present, the more likely dentures are to slip. Because bone needs “stimulation” to maintain its density, the bone below missing teeth will gradually deteriorate. Unfortunately, this is a catch-22 for long-time denture-wearers because while they need bone to hold dentures in place, that very bone is gradually deteriorating beneath their dentures.

This is a problem that can be rectified (or even reversed) with dental implants. The insertion of a dental implant can serve as the necessary “stimulation” a bone needs to remain strong and healthy.

“For patients with dentures and even just a few implants, the bone surrounding the implants is being preserved because of the stimulation,” says Dr. Moorehead.

Here is what to expect from the dental implant process:

  • First appointment: consultation, x-rays, evaluation of remaining bone, scheduling the surgery
  • Second appointment: placement of implants (titanium posts), then allow 3-6 months for implants to osseointegrate (heal and attach to bone)
  • Third appointment: impressions made for the attachments, which allow dentures to snap onto the implant
  • Fourth appointment: deliver the attachments and integrate implants into the denture

“While dentures will never be a complete substitution for a full set of healthy teeth, the addition of dental implants can make them feel more natural and functional,” says Dr. Moorehead. “They provide denture-wearers with much more confidence and freedom from embarrassing situations.”

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Ever wondered if you could benefit from dentures, but you’re leery of the cost and process? You’re not alone. Thousands of Americans with advanced gum disease or badly decayed teeth could benefit from dentures, but they don’t know which dentist office to turn to for qualified help—and they’re afraid of exorbitant fees. 

At Moorehead Family Dentistry, the denture process is clear, simple, and affordable. The friendly and experienced staff will let you know if you’re a candidate for dentures, and they’ll tell you exactly what to expect from a start-to-finish process. Even the final cost!

With the new Flat Fee Immediate Denture Service, patients pay an all-inclusive price of just $4,500. That’s about $2,500 less than the average cost at other practices. Plus, Moorehead Family Dentistry offers 6 months no-interest financing through CareCredit.

“There are no additional charges or hidden fees. Just one, east-to-understand price for the complete, immediate denture process,” says Dr. Moorehead. “It’s important to us that patients are completely comfortable with the price and process before any work begins.”

What’s Included?

The Flat Fee Immediate Denture Service includes a comprehensive dental health exam, x-rays, IV conscious sedation, removal of remaining teeth, smoothing of bone (called alveoplasty), and immediate denture placement. The appointment process is streamlined and straightforward, with each of the three initial appointments lasting just 30 minutes:

  • First appointment: Introductions, x-rays, and diagnostic impressions
  • Second appointment: Final impressions and additional diagnostic measurements
  • Third appointment: Present final dentures to patient and get approval of appearance
  • Day of surgery: Removal of teeth and immediate placement of dentures under IV sedation. Patients awake to a beautiful set of dentures in place and little to no memory of the procedure. Patients never leave the office without teeth. 

“A major advantage of our process is that we complete all these services under one roof, right here in our Blue Ash office,” says Dr. Moorehead. “Many general dentists do not perform extractions, which means that patients would likely have to make twice as many visits between an oral surgeon and a general dentist. This can lead to confusion, increased cost, and inconvenience. Our goal is to give patients a seamless experience with a great end result.”

Benefits of Dentures

While dentures aren’t the right solution for everyone, they can greatly increase quality of life—both in appearance and in function—for those who are good candidates. Once the teeth are removed and the dentures are in place, there is a period of time where the bone will remodel (or “shrink”) and the immediate dentures will loosen and require adjustments. This is completely normal, and Moorehead Family Dentistry will guide patients in any follow-up steps needed to ensure a good fit.  

For the best stability and chewing power, Dr. Moorehead recommends the eventual placement of dental implants in the lower jaw to better anchor the denture. This service is also performed at Moorehead Family Dentistry and will be discussed in an upcoming blog.

“We’re very excited to offer our new Flat Fee Immediate Denture Service,” says Dr. Moorehead. “It gives patients a convenient opportunity to improve their dental health for an affordable price.” 

 

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