Botox In Dentistry – The Next Big Thing?
<p>When you think about Botox chances are good you think about a Gen-Xer having it done to maintain their youthful appearance. You wouldn’t be wrong – Botox is by far the most popular cosmetic procedure out there with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reporting over 7.4 million injections given in 2018.</p> <p>And now dentists are getting in on the action. Have you heard about this trend of Botox in dentistry? It just might be the next big thing!</p> <h2><strong>What is Botox?</strong></h2> <p>According to the <a href="https://medlineplus.gov/botox.html">U.S. National Library of Medicine</a>, Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. While it’s the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism, its use as an injectable paralytic has been FDA approved for cosmetic procedures and more. In fact, it’s now commonly used in small doses to treat a variety of health problems including excessive sweating, excessive blinking, overactive bladder and even migraines.</p> <p>Botox works by blocking nerve signals that control muscle movement, which makes them unable to contract, temporarily softening the skin around the area that was injected. It typically takes a few hours for results to be seen and they usually last about three months.</p>