Dental Tips Blog

Nov
30

Is it True That an Athletic Mouth Guard Can Protect My Child From a Concussion?

Posted in Mouth Guards

Yes it is!

An athletic mouth guard absorbs the force of what has hit it and distributes that force evenly where no one part of the jaw receives more pressure from the blow than another. This can reduce the amount of movement to the head and neck from the blow and effectively reduce the odds of a concussion. The thicker the material used for the mouth guard, the higher level of protection provided.

Your mouth guard is more than just a status symbol. It’s more than just a cool way to show your school colors and spirit. It’s now a way to protect you from potential permanent injury to the head, neck and teeth. 

How Are They Made?

A quick appointment with your local dentist could help you avoid a potential permanent injury. In about 10 minutes, an impression of your teeth will be made. The office will let you know when your mouth guard will be ready…typically within a few days.

Behind the scenes, the staff pours up a ceramic model of your teeth and then melts a rubbery impression on top to precisely match the contours of your teeth.

Boom! Ready to try in! Return to your dentist and make sure that you try on the mouth guard in–office. If it’s not a perfect fit, you won’t wear it, so make sure that it is.

This mouth guard may be the best 10 minutes you’ve ever invested on anything. Nothing can compare with the peace of mind that you are protected with the best gear while playing your favorite sports. Go team!

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

Nov
29

Common Dental Emergencies You’ll See This Summer

Posted in Mouth Guards

Did you know that summer time is when more dentists and emergency rooms see dental emergencies and facial injuries? It should come as no surprise…after all, kids are out of school and recreational activities like soccer, baseball, and jumping on the trampoline are in full force.

Here are some of the most common emergencies you should be aware of (and what to do if one affects your family!)

Knocked Out (Avulsed) Teeth

Completely knocked out teeth can be scary. The key is to act fast. Find the tooth, rinse it off (without scrubbing it) and if possible, put it back into the socket. Hold it steady and get to your dentist’s office immediately. 

Chipped or Broken Teeth

A chipped tooth may be scarier than it is painful, depending on the size of the fracture. When possible, find any tooth fragments and put them in a cup of water or milk; your dentist may be able to bond them back into place. 

Lip Lacerations

When something like a ball or elbow hits your mouth, your teeth can cut right into your lips. Something like this can be stitched up at either an ER or your dentist’s office. 

Concussions

A blow to the jaw can create reverb that leads to a concussion. Wearing a custom athletic mouthguard can help you or your child greatly reduce the chance of a concussion (not to mention lip lacerations and broken teeth) during a traumatic injury. Ask us how!

Call your dentist right away to get attentive care and fast pain relief. The quicker you get attention, the better chance you have to save your tooth and prevent a potential infection.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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

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

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