Dental Tips Blog

Mar
27

5 Reasons to Get a Professional Athletic Mouthguard

Posted in Mouth Guards

Why is a professional mouth guard better than the classic boil-and-bite?

  1. It’s Going to Feel Better.

Most athletic mouth guards found in the local drugstore are ok, but they aren’t easy to wear. It can even be hard to breathe through all that bulk, meaning that you don’t wear it at all.

  1. It’s Going to Work Better.

A customized fit puts the cushioning right on the teeth where it’s needed. It also stays put when you need it to. A custom athletic mouth guard can even protect you from a brain injury such as a concussion.

  1. It Lasts Longer.

Getting a mouthguard through your dentist is a smart investment that will give you the most “bang for your buck.” The quality materials won’t wear out or break like a store bought guard does. Store it properly in a case, like you would a retainer!

  1. It Provides More Customization.

Do you have braces? A misaligned bite? When a dental professional assesses your smile to create an athletic mouth guard, he or she will take all your unique features into consideration, so that it fits great and protects the best way possible. Your dentist might even be able to customize it with special colors or designs for your sports team.

  1. It Will Get Used More.

If a mouth guard fits perfectly, it’s not a pain to wear. Bulky OTC guards are annoying. Kids in particular are prone to “forgetting” to wear their mouthguards during sports because they hate the feel. If your child is okay with the fit of his or her guard, then they’re more prone to wearing it.

Interested in the high-quality protection of a professionally-made sports mouthguard? A consultation at your local dental office will help you stay in the game. Contact your dentist for the details.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

Mar
26

Protect Your Kid’s Teeth During Sports

Posted in Mouth Guards

Baseball, Football, Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer – what do they all have in common? They are contact sports. As a parent, do you know what the most important piece of equipment is for your child to be using? It’s a mouth guard! And the reason is because that mouth guard will protect they’re precious teeth. There are several different types of mouth guard ranging from $5 to $100.

Here are the most common ones with a brief description about them in no particular order:

  • Stock – The stock mouth guard are the ones you can pick up just about anywhere. They typically come in only small, medium, or large. And they range between $5-$10. This particular guard will do the job however; you child might complain that it’s not very comfortable to wear.
  • Boil and Bite – The boil and bite guards can be found at most sport stores. These are semi-customizable because you boil them to make the plastic soft then bite into them to mold your teeth. This mouth guard can cost anywhere from $15-$30.
  • Custom – Custom mouthguards are made in the dental or orthodontist office. This is the most expensive of all mouth guards. Typically ranges from $40-$100 depending on your particular dental office. This mouth guard will fit your child absolutely perfectly and the material used is very durable. Once your child is over 15 years old a customized mouth guard will last for as long as it’s needed.

Custom mouth guards offer the best protection, greatest comfort and longest durability, but all of the different types of mouth guards offer some level of protection.   You should take into consideration how long the guard is needed and how much money you want to spend. That will help you to make a decision.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hamir Contractor, Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates

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Nov
5

How Stress Can Affect Your Mouth

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Stress can make you lose sleep, get bags under your eyes, give you grey hair and simply just wear you down. It can also wreak havoc on your smile! People undergoing serious levels of stress may unconsciously cause severe wear and grinding to their teeth, making them break down or age prematurely. Tooth enamel can’t simply be grown back, so it’s important to stop excess tooth wear in its tracks.

Sometimes getting rid of the stress isn’t an option. Perhaps we’ve had a death in the family, are battling a chronic illness, or are experiencing a major lifetime event that will simply take time to get through. Instead, we treat the symptoms of our stress as a way to comfortably get through the day or prevent other health complications. One of the ways we do this with our teeth is by using a professionally fitted bite guard to prevent the teeth from wearing each other down excessively.

A custom-fitted guard is made  by your Cartersville Dentists to gently hug the teeth and stay in place unless it is purposely removed. Both day and nighttime guards exist, and vary in size and shapes depending on the type of tooth wear or grinding that you’re experiencing. Daytime guards are smaller and allow you to talk while wearing them, but night guards are larger and better to sleep in. Both types of guars help reposition your TMJ so that the joint does not excessively tighten, causing headaches or muscle pain. This also prevents the teeth from coming into immediate contact with each other, thus causing enamel wear or breakage.

If you’re experiencing a major lifetime or stressful event, and have noticed jaw pain, headaches, or sore jaws, then its time to ask your dentist about a preventive bite guard!

Posted on behalf of Mockingbird Dental

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