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What Benefits Do a Custom Fitted Sports Guard Provide?

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Wearing an athletic mouth guard during activities and sports can preserve the safety of your teeth, prevent mouth lacerations and may reduce the risk of concussion during a traumatic injury. Guards prevent blunt trauma from fracturing the teeth, as well as damage to the lips and cheeks against the sharp edges of teeth during an accident. While technically anyone can suffer from dental trauma during a sporting activity, boys are more likely to suffer from injuries than girls, as are children who’s upper front teeth protrude farther than normal.

Custom fitted guards that are made by your dentist will stay securely in place should an accident occur. This is because the appliance gently hugs each tooth so that it does not shift around or loosen during the activity. Over the counter guards have a generic “one size” fit that allow them to cover all shapes and sizes of mouths. Unfortunately this means that they easily fall out of the mouth or do not fit appropriately enough to offer full coverage.

As a spectator you may notice some athletes take their guards out or chew on them, or hear them complain of how difficult it is to drink water or breath with them during their activity. These problems are typically only associated with the loose-fitted over the counter style guards. Custom guards stay in place so that drinking or breathing is easy for your athlete, as is speaking.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry estimates that up to 90% of sports related injuries affect the upper front teeth. Choosing to have a custom fitted sport guard for you or your child is perhaps some of the best dental insurance that money can buy.

Posted on behalf of Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates




Common Causes of Tooth Loss

Tooth loss can be due to a combination of several different factors. Simply stating that your parents or grandparents lost their teeth at a young age does not mean that you will as well. Having a genetic predisposition to conditions like periodontal disease may place you at an increased risk for tooth loss, but that’s not all there is to it.

The number one reason for tooth loss is tooth decay. Inadequate diets that are high in sugar or acidic food and drink can cause rampant tooth decay. When decay isn’t treated in a timely manner it spreads to other teeth and causes complete destruction of a tooth. Once decay reaches a certain point, there may be no viable treatment options. The only remaining treatment is to remove the severely infected teeth.

The second most common cause of tooth loss is periodontal disease. This is due to the detachment that occurs in the gums when teeth are not kept adequately clean. Tartar buildup along the roots of the teeth causes the gums to detach and supporting bone structure to be destroyed. Scheduling routine maintenance visits with your hygienist can help prevent the advancement of this condition, and improve your rate of having healthy teeth. Of course your own home oral hygiene practices play a key element as well, so your hygienist will review your habits with you to ensure you’re caring for your teeth as best as possible.

Accidents and injuries may also cause tooth loss. It’s important for athletes (no matter what age) to wear adequate sport guards to prevent trauma to teeth. Dental mouth guards may also decrease the chance of concussions. If a tooth is damaged during activities, place it in a glass of water or milk and immediately call your dentist.



Are You a Bruxer?

You might be a bruxer and not even know it.

According to the American Dental Association, a bruxer is someone who grinds, gnashes or clenches their teeth, often without even realizing it.  Most Americans, it says, have suffered from bruxism at some point in their lives, and about a fifth of those who suffer from it don’t even know they have it.

Dentists say bruxism is usually caused by stress or anxiety, but sometimes, especially with children, it can be brought on by such things as allergies, tooth misalignment or a sleep disorder.

Typically, if you have bruxism, there are some telltale signs, including:

Flattened Teeth – Constant grinding of the teeth wears the teeth, flattening the tops or chipping or cracking them. Sometimes, there is so much wear that the inside of the tooth, the dentin is exposed.

Noises – Your partner may complain that you make a grinding noise with your teeth when you sleep.

Pain – The constant pressure you’re exerting on your jaw could lead to headaches, earaches, tired jaw muscles or even TMJ, a serious and painful inflammation of the jaw and its muscles.

Tongue Indentations – Teeth grinding can put pressure on the tongue, resulting in indentations.

If you have any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to have an immediate consultation with your dentist, who will likely start a monitoring program over several visits to confirm buxism and prescribe a remedy. If the teeth grinding is due to stress, some sort of therapy might be recommended to help you find ways of identifying and coping with your anxieties. In the case of nighttime grinders, the dentist might construct a dental mouthguard to be worn at night to avoid further damage to teeth.

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