Dental Tips Blog

Oct
18

Why a Night Guard Is Worth the Investment

Posted in Mouth Guards

A guard to prevent bruxing (grinding or clenching) in your sleep can cost up to $500 out of pocket, depending on the type you choose.

If your insurance does cover the cost of a nightguard, it’s likely to apply only once in your lifetime. If you need a nightguard one time, you may need more since one won’t last you forever. Those future appliances will have to be paid for out of pocket.

With so many generic one-size-fits-all mouthguards on the market, is it really worth investing in a professionally made mouth splint?

The Right Fit for Your Bite

Professional mouthguards are designed to fit unique needs like a cross-bite or crooked teeth. Generic guards may not be so comfortably accommodating.

Get Personalized Night Guard Adjustments

If you go with send-away or boil-and-bite mouthguard varieties, then you may not get much help if something doesn’t fit right.

It’s really worth the added cost to have your nightguard made by someone you can visit personally for adjustments.

Your Dental Work Is a Bigger Investment

A night guard isn’t just something you buy because all the cool kids are getting one. It’s an expensive appliance because it has a big role to play. A bruxism guard protects your teeth from biting and grinding forces and it also preserves any existing costly dental work you may have already invested in.

You’d hate to see hundreds or even thousands of dollars’ worth of crowns, fillings, and veneers go to waste because of your bruxism habit! If you want your dental restorations to last as long as possible, then a quality night guard is worth every penny.

For help in affording a high-quality and reasonably-priced night guard, ask your dentist about a financing plan.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

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

Feb
12

How Can I Stop Grinding My Teeth?

Posted in Mouth Guards

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, commonly happens at night during sleep. The habit can wear down enamel, fracture teeth, loosen restorations, accelerate gum recession, and cause TMJ complications.

You’ve already heard about how dangerous bruxism can be so you’ve come here to find a way to kick the habit. But really, how much control do you have over the situation since it only happens while you’re asleep?

Here are a few tips that may help.

Avoid Triggers

By providing the right mental “environment” for your over-active jaw, you can potentially minimize conditions that commonly precede a bruxing episode:

  • Reduce stress
  • Cut back on a habit of chewing gum or fingernails, pens, etc.
  • Drink more water
  • Stay away from alcohol and caffeine at bedtime
  • Consciously relax your jaw during waking hours 

Soothe Your Jaw

Your cheek muscles do a lot of work when you grind your teeth. It’s helpful to provide some soothing relief to those aching muscles, from time to time. Try a warm wet washcloth and gentle massaging to provide relief.

Save Your Teeth

While bruxism can be tough to prevent, you can avoid the damage to your teeth and jaw. A professionally-made night guard worn while you sleep can make a big difference. It prevents your teeth from closing together completely and damaging each other.

Your dentist is your best resource in your fight to save your smile from bruxism. Regular dental checkups will help you stay on top of any damages or alert you to warning signs. A dentist will also help you figure out whether a night guard is necessary to protect your teeth.

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

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

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

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