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5 Reasons to Get a Professional Athletic Mouthguard

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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


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

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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


How to Ensure a Healthy Smile on Your First Day Back to School

The new school year is right around the corner! A new year means new notebooks, new sneakers, new teachers, and a new start. Let’s start this year off right for your son or daughter with a happy and healthy smile!

Eat Right

Help your child maintain a healthy mouth by getting him or her into a routine of smile-friendly food choices. Pack snacks and lunches that are high in fresh crunches (fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains) but low in sugar.

Healthy Habits

Ask the dentist or hygienist for oral hygiene care instructions appropriate to your child’s age. Make sure your child is brushing for at least two minutes, twice a day. Monitor the use of a fluoride rinse which fortifies teeth against cavities. Review proper flossing techniques with your son or daughter to be sure bacteria isn’t getting trapped in-between teeth.

Sports Protection

Are you raising an athlete or two in your family? An athletic mouthguard is one of the most invaluable investments you can make in your child’s health. A custom-fitted professional guard will help protect teeth, restorations, braces, and soft tissues in the mouth from injury, giving you peace of mind while your child has fun.

Regular Check-Up

A thorough dental exam, necessary x-rays, and a professional cleaning and fluoride treatment will help you to stay on top of your child’s dental health. If treatment is prescribed, you’ll likely be able to schedule the treatment before the busy school year starts. Don’t let the busy upcoming school year crowd out time for vital dental care – schedule an appointment with your dentist for your child before the summer is out!

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725


Types of Mouth Guards

Posted in Mouth Guards

Mouth guards are coverings worn in the mouth to protect teeth from injury during sports and from teeth grinding at night. Mouth guards have proven to be effective in protecting permanent teeth from irreversible damage. Children and adults are encouraged by dentists to wear mouth guards during any physical sport.

There are three common types of protective mouth guards:

1. Stock mouth guards are pre-formed and inexpensive. These can be found at most sporting goods stores in a variety of sizes and colors. While these types of mouth guards do come in many sizes, it is often difficult to get a perfect fit. Due to over bites, under bites, braces, misaligned teeth – stock mouth guards can not provide perfect protection if they do not fit well.

2. Boil and bite mouth guards can also be found at most sporting goods stores. This type of mouth guard is made of thermoplastic material that will soften in boiling water. After it comes out of the hot water, it is placed in the mouth and fitted to mold to teeth and gums. These types of mouth guards often provide more protection than stock mouth guards because they fit better in the mouth.

3. Custom-fitted mouth guards are the most customized option as they are individually made by a dentist. An impression of your mouth is taken and then a mouth guard is molded around the impression. Custom-fitted mouth guards are often the most successful at preventing irreversible damage, but they are also on the pricier end of the mouth guard spectrum.

No matter what option you choose to go with, your smile is worth it. Mouth guards play an important factor in protecting your smile.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 



Athletic Mouthguards

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Today children, as well as adults, are very active in sports ranging from soccer to martial arts.  In many cases some of these sports are not even classified as contact sports, but incidental contact takes place anyway.  As a result, it has been estimated that in excess of 5 million teeth are lost every year as a result of sports.  The American Dental Association estimates that the proper use of athletic mouthguards could prevent approximately 200,000 oral injuries per year.  Individuals now can have a custom athletic mouthguard made quickly and economically in a couple of painless visits to the dentist’s office.

The dentist will initially make an impression of your teeth, which is a quick and painless process.  The impression is then sent to a qualified dental laboratory, where a dental lab technician will create the athletic mouthguard based upon the teeth impressions.  Once the athletic mouthguard is completed, which usually takes a week to ten days, it is sent back to the dentist, who will make minor adjustments if necessary to make sure that it fits properly.

While many athletic stores offer athletic mouthguards, they are not custom fit and often do not provide suitable protection, because they typically require the athlete to be clenching their teeth.  As any athlete knows, it is not possible to clench you’re your teeth when engaged in athletics, as the athlete is often is breathing heavily out of their mouth.  A custom athletic mouthguard will stay in place at all times even with your mouth open.  This allows the custom athletic mouthguard to offer maximum protection!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates


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