Dental Tips Blog

Sep
29

Play It Safe With A Customized Mouthguard

Posted in Mouth Guards

Do you have a sports enthusiast in the family? When you’re suiting up to hit the court or the field, protective equipment is a must. It might surprise you, but adequate dental protection is often overlooked – and it’s just as important. How? An athletic mouthguard can…

  • Prevent tooth loss, damage or dislocation
  • Act as a protective buffer for the gum, lips and tongue
  • Minimize your risk of concussion

… and it’s much cheaper than a dental emergency!

You Get What You Pay For

While an over-the-counter athletic guard may seem like an economical and convenient alternative, it’s not. You’re unique, and so is your smile. A “one size fits all” appliance, and even popular “boil and bite” options, are bulky and fit poorly. When it comes to athletic mouthguards, a snug, precise fit is important to best protect the teeth in case of injury.

You don’t want a guard that slips down on the job or is so uncomfortable that it distracts you from your game. Not only that, poor fit can interfere with talking and breathing – and nobody wants that in the middle of the game. It can even get knocked out, exposing you to a secondary injury.

It might surprise you to find that a customized athletic mouthguard can improve your game. Often times, our patients gain a boost of confidence, knowing that their smile is protected. After all, having a worry-free smile allows you to put your mind on what’s important – playing harder!

Stay In The Game 

Don’t take an unintended timeout for an unexpected broken tooth. Call your dentist today and ask about protecting your smile with a customized athletic mouthguard!

Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
678.730.2005

Sep
19

Why You Should Consider a Mouth Guard

Posted in Mouth Guards

Your dentist likely can offer you a variety of mouth guards or bite guards according to your dental and recreational needs. Here are some of the most common types of oral appliances that could protect your smile: 

Sports Mouth Guard/Athletic Guard

From tennis to karate to skiing, almost any exercise can put your teeth at risk for damage. A professional-grade customized mouth guard is the best way to prevent painful and costly injury to your teeth, bone, or soft tissues in your mouth. It can even help you to avoid a concussion.

Night Guard

Do you grind your teeth in your sleep? It’s a very common problem and most sufferers aren’t aware that they have this habit. But your dentist may find out by taking a look at your teeth.

Chronic grinding and clenching can cause enamel wear, tooth fractures, gum recession, and damage to fillings and crowns. You may need the help of a special splint or custom bite guard that prevents your teeth from crushing together when you bite down in your sleep.

Oral Sleep Appliances and TMJ Splints

For some people, a good night’s rest is interrupted by a chronic problem called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This happens when the jaw relaxes during sleep and the tissues collapse, closing off the windpipe. A simple splint can support your jaw and maintain a steady airflow, if you suffer from OSA and are CPAP intolerant.

Other splints are designed to encourage the jaw to close in a more ergonomic fashion. This trains your mouth to move so that it doesn’t put a strain on your TMJ.

With the help of a custom bite guard or mouth guard, you can head off threats to a healthy smile before they can get started.

Schedule a visit with your local dentist to find out whether a guard is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 993-7118

Jun
5

4 Reasons Why You Need to Invest in a Sports Guard for Your Kid

Posted in Mouth Guards

Helmet, shoulder pads, shin guards, gloves, cleats, socks, and on the list goes…

There’s almost never enough protective gear for your child if he or she is involved in contact sports.

Why should you make sure that a mouth guard is included?

  1. Braces Need Extra Protection!

A lot of kids in their early teens have orthodontic appliances. An injury to the mouth while wearing braces can be even worse than if the braces weren’t there. Your child risks a more severe soft tissue injury if their braces smash into their mouth.

  1. Restorative Care For An Injury Is Not Easy

Fixing the mess left by a blow to the mouth can be a tough process. Sometimes, it’s as simple as a little dental bonding. Other times, it can involve implants, surgery, crowns, and more.

Just wearing a guard can help you avoid all of that!

  1. Mouthguards Can Protect Against Brain Injuries

When the jaw is slammed up against the upper teeth, this doesn’t just cause damage to the teeth, alone. In this case, your child could also chance a brain injury. The mouth guard provides a cushion that prevents this from happening.

  1. You Can Keep Your Kid In The Game

Even if the injury is not all that bad, taking a hit to the mouth is never pleasant. A sore jaw or tooth or tongue can make it hard for your son or daughter to eat. Spare them the discomfort and help them stay in the game they love with the help of a sports guard.

To find out which kind of sports mouth guard is right for your kid, schedule a visit with your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401

Apr
17

Four Signs You’re Losing Your Enamel

Posted in Mouth Guards

Enamel erosion is an ongoing and insidious process. It’s downright deadly to teeth if you don’t stop it in time.

What is enamel erosion? It’s physical wear to the outer layer of your tooth structure. This process commonly happens as a result of acid exposure, but it can also be due to mechanical causes, such as bruxism or brushing too aggressively. If you’re alert to the following signs, you can take action before it’s too late.

  1. Teeth Look Brittle

Enamel is clear, but it looks pretty white against the dark yellow part of your tooth’s dentin layer. If the enamel starts to thin out, the layers on the edge of your tooth that don’t have dentin under them will look thin and glassy. Your teeth might look like they’d chip very easily.

  1. Smile Getting Yellow

When you lose enamel, that yellow dentin shows through a lot more. Our enamel wears down with age. As our teeth get older, they tend to look darker than years past.

  1. Flatter Teeth

A teeth grinding and clenching habit will quickly shave off lots of enamel. Your teeth might look flat, stubby, or square if you’re subconsciously chewing off your own enamel.  A custom dental nightguard can protect your tooth enamel from further damage.

  1. Increased Sensitivity

Your enamel helps to insulate the nerves in your teeth from changes in temperature and acidity. As enamel wears away, the nerves become more exposed to things that bother them. If your smile is getting unusually more sensitive, it could be a sign that your teeth are in jeopardy.

Have you noticed any of the signs described above? Contact your dentist right away to find out how to save your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Springhurst Hills Dentistry
10494 Westport Rd Suite 107
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 791-8358

Jan
27

Sports Guards for Kids: Why Your Child Athlete Needs One

Posted in Mouth Guards

More and more kids are playing sports and trying to maintain active lifestyles.  A downside to your child being athletic is that they run the potential of a sports-related injury. The good news is that some mouth and head injuries can be prevented if your child wears a sports guard while they are participating in their activity.

What are some reasons why your athletic child should wear a sports guard during sport activities?

  • Prevents teeth from being knocked out
  • May help to prevent a concussion
  • Can prevent injuries to your child’s jaw
  • Prevent your child’s teeth from chipping or cracking
  • Protects soft tissues inside your child’s mouth

What kind of sports guard should your child wear?

There are three different options for mouth guards.  The first two options are the stock mouth protector (the least expensive option and they are a “one size fits all” guard) and the boil and bite mouth guard (heat them and then they form around your teeth).  Both of these options are less expensive and they offer very little protection, if any, to your child’s teeth and jaw from injuries. Dentists do not recommend these types of sports guards, because they easily fall out or fail to protect the teeth adequately.

Third, is the Custom-fitted sports guard.  Dentists recommend these because they offer the most protection and comfort.  These are made in your child’s dental office or sent off to a dental laboratory to specifically fit your child’s teeth. Although they require a bit more of an investment, they provide much better results.

Are you interested in getting your child athlete a sports guard?  Call your child’s dentist to schedule a sports guard consultation today!

Posted on behalf of:
Modern Family Dental Care
8505 Davis Lake Pkwy, Suite AB-3
Charlotte, NC 28269
(980) 248-2083

Jan
18

4 Reasons Why Your Child Needs to Wear an Athletic Mouth Guard

Posted in Mouth Guards

Many great lessons can be learned when your child plays sports.  While playing sports has some benefits, there are also some risks to consider.  Specifically, your mouth and surrounding structures are at risk for injuries.  The best solution for this is to have your child wear an athletic mouth guard while playing sports.

Here are 4 reasons why your child needs to wear an athletic mouth guard:

1)      Protection of soft tissue and fracturing of the jaw- Mouth guards can protect against biting through the tongue and lips or injuring the inside of the cheek.  In addition, if your child gets hit in the jaw, the plastic mouth guard will be padding between the teeth to help protect your jaw from getting a fracture.

2)      Protection against fracturing teeth– The padding on the mouth guard functions to protect the teeth from cracking/fracturing.

3)      Prevention of a tooth being knocked out– When a tooth gets knocked out, it is painful physically.  It also can be painful your child’s self-esteem by having a missing tooth.  This can all be prevented by wearing a mouth guard.

4)      Cost Effective– A mouth guard is a good investment. When compared to the expense of all the potential medical and dental costs from mouth injuries, mouth guards are at a more affordable price.

Is your child currently playing in sports?  Visit your dentist to have an athletic mouth guard made specifically for your child’s teeth.  As you can see, there are many important reasons why children should wear a mouth guard when they are actively participating in sports.  Call your dentist today!

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751
 

Jan
6

Night Guards Can Save Your Smile

Posted in Mouth Guards

Clinching and/or grinding your teeth can cause all kinds of problems with your teeth, the muscles in your face, and the joint in your jaw (TMJ).  Clinching is when you clamp your teeth together and grinding is when you put your teeth together like when you chew, only you are not chewing any food.

The dental term for grinding or clinching your teeth is bruxism.  How do you know if you are bruxing?  Often, people brux their teeth without realizing they are doing it.  Stress is a major reason why people brux their teeth.  Some ways you can tell that you are bruxing are:

  • Waking up in the morning with sore facial muscles or your joint in your jaw (TMJ) feels sore
  • The biting surfaces of your teeth are worn down

When you brux, you are putting excess force on your teeth, which can cause your teeth to chip, crack and/or break apart.  One way to know you might have a crack in your tooth, is when you have pain in that tooth upon chewing.

When you have a large chip, crack (fracture), or a broken tooth, you will need to have that tooth restored with crowns, onlays and potentially, root canals and/or dental implants to prevent it from being lost altogether.

What can be done to protect your teeth from bruxism?   Visit your dentist.  He/she will examine your teeth and discuss bruxism with you.  If you are diagnosed with bruxism, your dentist will most likely create a night guard (called a bruxism guard) that will be made specifically for your teeth to protect them from the wear and tear of bruxing.  As a result, you will protect your attractive smile!

Posted on behalf of:
Touchstone Dentistry
2441 FM 646 W Suite A
Dickinson, TX 77539
(832) 769-5202

Nov
20

Sleep Apnea Induced Grinding

Posted in Mouth Guards

What do sleeping patterns have to do with your smile? Is sleep apnea something you need to discuss with your dentist? Interestingly, there is a significant connection between your breathing difficulties while sleeping and the future of your teeth.

The Effects of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can lead to heart problems, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, or even just headaches. Another common side-effect is bruxism. Bruxism is the habit, conscious or unconscious, of grinding and clenching the teeth. This habit often occurs at night during sleep and can be a result of stress. Your brain gets a little panicky from the lack of oxygen, so it signals your jaw to move more to open up the airways. This motion could be putting extra pressure on your teeth.

Bruxism can be deadly to your teeth because it causes unnatural stressors to be placed on them. This tension causes premature wear and increases your chances of tooth fracture. The pressure can also damage crowns and fracture fillings, resulting in early failure. The tension can strain the TMJ, so sleep apnea could also lead to jaw pain and disorders of the joint.

Protect Your Teeth From Stress

If your teeth are suffering from the effects of chronic grinding and clenching, then a protective oral appliance is the best. A specially fitted mouthguard can be fabricated to protect your teeth and dental work. This mouthguard is worn only at night (while you are sleeping) when apnea and bruxism occur. Or, an oral sleep apnea appliance can protect your teeth as well as enhance the flow of air while you rest. This in turn reduces the clenching and grinding.

If you are currently dealing with sleep apnea, then you certainly don’t want to add dental concerns on top of that. Talk to your dentist about the best options for protecting your smile if your teeth are at risk from the effects of sleep apnea.

Posted on behalf of:
Pleasant Plains Dental
5850 W Hwy 74 #135
Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 815-5513

Sep
8

3 Benefits of Bite Guards

Posted in Mouth Guards

Also known as a night guard or even a stress guard, bite guards are intended to prevent you from clenching or grinding your teeth. Grinding and clenching are habits that typically occur during the night during sleep. Some people who suffer from this are not aware that they do it until they see the effects afterward. The bite guard is worn at night to prevent such detrimental activity. How can this guard benefit you?

  • Prevent damage to teeth. Grinding and clenching wears down the chewing surfaces of teeth and puts stress on their structure. This makes them prone to fractures and chipping. A guard will protect teeth from bearing the brunt of the force.
  • Preserve your dental restorations. Fillings are easily damaged by grinding and clenching. Crowns can also be shifted out of place, worn through or even chipped. Even implants can suffer from excessive biting force. All these restorations are designed to withstand normal chewing activity, but grinding and clenching can negate the benefits they provide. A bite guard is a wise investment that protects beautiful and costly restorative work from the effects of grinding.
  • Ease jaw pain. The intense activity of the chewing muscles can cause extreme fatigue on the joint that moves the jaw. Grinding and clenching can overwork your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). A guard will limit the movement of your jaw, relieving stress on your TMJ.

A bite guard may be your key to preserving a strong and healthy smile. If you are not sure whether you have the signs of a harmful grinding or clenching habit, then be sure to talk to your dentist during your next visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

May
29

Great Ways to Enhance Your Smile and Strengthen Your Teeth

Posted in Mouth Guards

Maybe you have always had great teeth and a healthy smile, but you want to do whatever you can to keep it that way. Since our teeth gradually weaken and wear down over time, here are a few simple ways to protect your teeth and keep them lasting as long as possible:

Pay Close Attention to Clenching Habits

Do you tend to clench your teeth and jaws tightly when stressed? Does driving through rush hour leave your jaws sore once you get home? If you wake up in the morning with a sore jaw, it could be that you tend to clench and grind your teeth when you sleep. Chronic grinding will cause accelerated tooth wear as well as broken fillings and crowns. To protect your teeth, wear a bite splint! 

Use Fluoride Rinse Daily

Adding a fluoride rinse to your daily oral hygiene routine will help restore tooth enamel that has been demineralized throughout the day. For best results use it at night before going to bed, after you brush and floss. Be sure not to rinse afterward. 

Wear a Mouthguard During Sporting Activities

Athletic activities (recreational or otherwise) are some of the most common times to experience dental emergencies and concussions. Simply adding a custom fitted mouthguard to your game is an effective way to insure your smile and your safety.

Of course, visiting your dentist on a regular basis is one of the best ways to avoid long-term problems and tooth decay. We recommend patients with healthy teeth visit us at least every 6 months for a preventive cleaning and exam.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Most Popular

Tori, Exostosis, and Extra Bone Formation in the Mouth

A fairly common occurrence in the mouth is the existence of extra bone development along the outside or inside of the jawline near the teeth, or in the roof of…

Lingual Frenectomy versus Lingual Frenuloplasty

Lingual frenectomy and lingual frenuloplasty are both dental procedures used to correct a condition called ankyloglossia. Ankylogloassia, more commonly known as ‘tied tongue’, is an abnormality of the lingual frenulum….

Difference Between Conscious and Unconscious Sedation

Sedation dentistry is a wonderful option for many people who would not or cannot tolerate dentistry in a traditional dental setting.   Many people have a fear of visiting the dentist,…