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

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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


Play It Safe With A Customized Mouthguard

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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


How Teeth Grinding Affects Dental Crowns

Are you aware of having a habit of grinding your teeth? Perhaps you have what is known as bruxism: an unconscious habit of grinding and clenching your jaws together. This most commonly happens while you’re sleeping.

Bruxism can cause a lot of problems – such as gum recession, wear on your teeth, and stress to your TMJ. If you have a dental crown or are planning to have one placed sometime soon, then you should know that a teeth grinding habit also poses a risk to your valuable dental restorations.

The Danger to Crowns

Your teeth take a lot of wear! Everyday forces help you to chew food thoroughly, but when it’s applied against your teeth for an extended length of time on a regular basis, this will cause problems. Dental crowns will also feel the crunch!

Crowns could potentially be loosened over time. They also face the threat of fracturing altogether. Not only this, but one crowned tooth can damage the uncrowned tooth right above it.

Stronger Restorations

One solution is to update existing porcelain crowns with even stronger bruxism-resistant materials. It’s also a good idea to protect teeth with extensive enamel wear by crowning opposing teeth. That way, crown meets crown when your teeth come together.

Protect Your Restorations

If you have a problem with bruxism, then a custom-made mouth guard may be in order. A guard will keep your teeth from totally closing together while you sleep. This way, your teeth will be spared all that extra force you put on them. A guard is the best way you can protect your existing dental restorations. At your next dental appointment, ask your dentist to check for signs to find out if you could be grinding your teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767


Great Ways to Enhance Your Smile and Strengthen Your Teeth

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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


Prevent Concussions with a Trip to the Dentist

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Are you an athlete? Does your child play baseball or soccer? Perhaps you’ve heard about how important it is to wear a mouthguard during active or contact sports, but did you know that it could do more than just potentially save your smile? Custom fitted mouth guards have long been used to protect against broken and chipped teeth but most people are completely shocked to hear what else a custom guard protects against: concussions.

That’s right! A properly fitted, professionally made mouthguard can prevent concussions from happening during a sporting related accident. How? Because the thick acrylic of the guard prevents the mandible from impacting itself into the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) during a traumatic injury. In turn, this also prevents the skull from absorbing any excess shock from forces caused by the mandible being jolted back.

A properly fitted mouthguard will stay in place comfortably whether you are talking, rehydrating or actively moving around. It should not pop in and out of place when opening or closing your mouth. Your dentist can create a customized guard as easily as taking an impression of your mouth. Made of smooth, comfortable acrylic – the guard doesn’t become distracting from the focus you need on the game.

Not all mouthguards are created the same. A custom designed guard will fit in place securely, preventing it from coming out during an accident or injury and also protecting from subsequent trauma. Over the counter guards can’t do that, and most people find them too uncomfortable to even keep in during their entire activity. If you are serious about having a safer athletic experience, talk to your dentist today about having a custom guard made.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339


When Trauma Happens to a Tooth

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Bumping or hitting a tooth can happen anywhere, especially if you’re involved in sporting activities. From getting knocked in the mouth by a baseball, hitting your knee on the trampoline, or simply having a child bump their head into your mouth, you need to know what to do if a tooth is traumatized.

If visible damage has taken place, such as a fracture, you’ll need to call your dentist immediately. If there is a portion of tooth that has broken off, put it in milk or water and bring it with you to the dental office. Don’t try to wash the tooth off, as this can damage microscopic fibers that may aid in reimplantation. If the tooth is loose or has come out completely, put it back into place and hold it securely until you can get to the dentist.

If you know you hit your tooth, but there doesn’t seem to be anything hurting, loose, or visibly wrong, it may be ok to wait to see your dentist. Some tenderness is to be expected, but pain should not be severe or last very long. However, call your dental office if pain continues, or as soon as any sign of abscess (swollen “pimple” on the gums) or tooth discoloration occurs. These signs may be an indication that nerve damage has taken place and the tooth will need to be treated in a timely manner.

Mouth guards are an excellent way to prevent tooth trauma during athletic activities. Custom made sports mouth guards not only protect the teeth they may also prevent concussions. Ask your dentist about getting a professional guard made for the athlete in your family!

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



Mouth Guards for Sports

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Spring is just around the corner. If you’re a parent, that can mean sitting on the sidelines watching your child play soccer, baseball or lacrosse, and cringing every time they get hit with the ball or by another player.

Athletic programs through the schools or recreation programs almost always require appropriate protection, including pads, helmets and protective mouth guards. Mouth guards, according to pediatric dentists, are one of the most important pieces of equipment in protecting your mouth and jaw, yet they are often overlooked.

There are three basic types of mouth guards: stock mouth guards, heat moldable mouth guards and custom made mouth guards. Stock guards are the least expensive, but the fit cannot be adjusted. Heat moldable guards work by boiling in water, cooling slightly and placing in the child’s mouth, forming a guard that is suited to his or her mouth. Finally, custom made mouth guards, which are considered the most protective, are made by making a mold of the child’s bite and then fabricating a mouth guard out of that mold.

Is age a factor in choosing which type of mouth guard is best for your child? The answer is, not really. The best guard will be the one that most closely matches your child’s teeth, so a custom guard is the obvious choice. This, however, can be quite expensive, especially in the formative years before the final set of adult teeth are all in, roughly around the age of 12.

Your dentist will instruct you and your child on the care of your custom made guard. Briefly, you want to make sure your child uses it only during practice or game time. After use, it should be cleaned with warm water and a soft bristled tooth brush and then stored in a container a put in a safe place for next time.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 



Why Do My Teeth Keep Breaking?

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Having the problem of chronic, breaking teeth can leave a person feeling completely helpless when it comes to the health of their smile. Once one tooth starts breaking off at the gums, it seems like another tooth follows just shortly behind. Taking control of your oral health is an important thing to do in order to save the remaining teeth. The first part of protecting your other teeth is to understand what is causing them to break apart in the first place.

  • The most likely cause of your teeth breaking apart is that you are suffering from tooth decay (cavities.) Very large cavities can develop out of eyesight, burrowing deep into your tooth until only a thin shell of enamel is left. Add pressure to the tooth during a meal and – crack – your tooth is nearly gone.
  • Your restorations may be old and need to be replaced. Aging fillings can allow leakage of bacteria around the margin of the material, causing the tooth to weaken or develop new cavities. The dentist can check your fillings at regular exams to determine if they are holding up well enough to last, or need to be replaced.
  • Grinding your teeth can cause excess force to your tooth enamel, causing fractures in healthy teeth or around fillings and crowns. Wearing a night guard to help keep the teeth in a resting position can prevent clenching and teeth grinding.

Getting regular dental check-ups and cleanings can help catch these kind of problems before they become severe and cause additional teeth to break. See your dentist at least twice each year for an exam, cleaning, and x-rays and you’ll be able to benefit from minimal treatment that can save your future smile.

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



Severe Tooth Wear

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Flat, sharp, worn teeth can make your smile appear older than it really is. Our teeth are made to gradually experience some wear over time, but certain habits or conditions can accelerate that process. If not addressed, premature tooth wear can destroy dental restorations, cause teeth to break apart, and place excess strain on other teeth or the jaw. The pressure radiated through the jaw can also cause TMJ problems and headaches.

Chronic clenching or grinding of the teeth (also known as bruxism) places enamel up against itself when it shouldn’t be. Enamel is the hardest substance in the entire body, even denser than bone. When the jaw is not in a resting position, the pressure of the teeth against one another causes them to wear down faster than they are supposed to. People who have bruxism habits will typically have flat, sharp teeth in the front of their mouths.

Relaxation exercises as well as learning the proper resting positioning can help with daytime grinding. Nighttime grinders can find it very difficult to discontinue their habit because they just can’t control it. Sleeping in a custom mouth guard is the best option. Your dentist will create a smooth, comfortable night guard that keeps your teeth slightly apart, preventing excess wear. This also causes your jaw to be adjusted into a resting position, relieving strain to the TMJ area. By wearing a custom night guard, you can ensure that your teeth won’t experience any more wear or damage to your healthy dental restorations.

Custom fitted guards are comfortable to wear and even sleep in. Their precise fit keeps them in place until you’re ready to take them out each morning.


When to Wear a Night Guard

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Night guards are used to help people avoid conditions like:

•           Chronic headaches
•           Teeth grinding
•           Premature dental wear
•           Broken dental restorations
•           TMJ disorders

Selecting when to have a night guard made by your dentist may not be a black and white decision. Some people come to their dentist because their loved one complains about the noises they make at night when they grind their teeth together. If left uncorrected, bruxism (grinding) can wear teeth abnormally, prematurely and compromise the stability of dental restorations.

If you wake up in the morning with a sore jaw, neck, shoulders or headache on a regular basis, you’re likely straining your jaws due to grinding or clenching during your sleep. This places excess pressure on your TMJ area and can damage the joint as well.

A custom fitted, professionally made bite guard can help you keep your mouth in a resting position during the night. Unlike over the counter guards, custom guards made by your Manhattan dentist will fit exactly to your mouth and stay securely in place. They are comfortable to wear and do not interfere with your sleep. What makes a night guard effective is its ability to prevent wear and pressure between the teeth as it repositions the jaw into a resting position. As a result, muscle tension and pain goes away on its own, and your teeth are protected from damaging themselves.

When you wear a night guard, you and your loved one will experience a better quality of sleep. The appliances are very easy to have made by your dentist and are typically ready at the same appointment or within just a few days depending on what type of device you select.

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