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4 Reasons Why Your Child Needs to Wear an Athletic Mouth Guard

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Many great lessons can be learned when your child plays sports.  While playing sports has some benefits, there are also some risks to consider.  Specifically, your mouth and surrounding structures are at risk for injuries.  The best solution for this is to have your child wear an athletic mouth guard while playing sports.

Here are 4 reasons why your child needs to wear an athletic mouth guard:

1)      Protection of soft tissue and fracturing of the jaw- Mouth guards can protect against biting through the tongue and lips or injuring the inside of the cheek.  In addition, if your child gets hit in the jaw, the plastic mouth guard will be padding between the teeth to help protect your jaw from getting a fracture.

2)      Protection against fracturing teeth– The padding on the mouth guard functions to protect the teeth from cracking/fracturing.

3)      Prevention of a tooth being knocked out– When a tooth gets knocked out, it is painful physically.  It also can be painful your child’s self-esteem by having a missing tooth.  This can all be prevented by wearing a mouth guard.

4)      Cost Effective– A mouth guard is a good investment. When compared to the expense of all the potential medical and dental costs from mouth injuries, mouth guards are at a more affordable price.

Is your child currently playing in sports?  Visit your dentist to have an athletic mouth guard made specifically for your child’s teeth.  As you can see, there are many important reasons why children should wear a mouth guard when they are actively participating in sports.  Call your dentist today!

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751


Summertime Sports and Mouth Guards

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Great weather and sunny days mean lots of recreational sports in just about every American community. Summer is also a time when more dental accidents happen due to accidental trauma than any other time of the year. Do you see a correlation? Although mouth guards are required in most school, professional, and collegiate leagues, they aren’t typically used in recreational sports.

Professional custom athletic mouthguards are more effective than over the counter guards, because they are customized to snuggly fit around the teeth and stay in place, no matter what happens. Other guards are “one size fits most” and fall out as soon as something happens, if they aren’t taken out sooner due to the difficulty athletes have trying to wear them when they talk or drink water. A custom made guard is one that is made using an impression of the teeth, so that it doesn’t come out unless you want it to.

Not only do custom-made sport guards protect the teeth, they are also shown to greatly reduce the risk of experiencing a concussion. The same is not true for over the counter guards. Only custom, professional guards have what it takes to offer this level of protection. A professional guard is made of thick, smooth acrylic that rests comfortably next to other tissues like the lips and cheeks without irritating them. Most dentists also offer customized colors and designs, allowing athletes to be creative or have a guard that matches their team colors.

You only get one smile; why not protect it? A customized mouth sports guard is one of the best pieces of smile insurance that money can buy.

Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry



Reducing Concussion Risks in Athletes – With a Dental Appliance!

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Athletes are often concerned with preventing serious injury from occurring during their activities. That’s why sports teams and schools often require protective equipment such as guards or pads to be worn, depending on what type of activity is happening. We often seek to protect the skull with a helmet, but another important piece of equipment that can prevent concussions is a professionally fitted mouth guard.

Athletic mouth guards that are professionally made have been proven to reduce the risk of not only dental fractures, but concussions as well. That’s because the guard keeps the jaw in a relationship with the rest of the skull so that it cannot be traumatically forced into the skull, resulting in a concussion. It also blocks trauma to the teeth, reducing lip lacerations and tooth fractures.

Custom fitted guards are much more effective than an over the counter mouth guard. For one, custom mouth guards will stay in place securely because they are made to wrap around each tooth and the arch of the mouth as it is made from a direct model of the patient’s teeth. Over the counter guards are simply one-size-fits-most, and are loosely fitted which will allow them to fall out after initial trauma takes place, making them ineffective at secondary trauma during the same accident. They also can’t reduce concussions, and are difficult to talk or drink water when they are being worn. Custom guards are very comfortable and will stay in place securely so that athletes can continue to talk, breathe easily, and even drink water when the guard is being worn.

Ask your dentist about custom sports guards. In most cases they can even be customized to match the colors of your school or team!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Scott Merritt, BridgeMill Dentistry



Why You Should Have a Custom Sports Guard Made for Your Child

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If your child participates in organized sports, contact or not, it’s likely that an oral guard is part of the required equipment worn during the activity. All sports guards are not created equal, and your athlete will be able to tell a significant difference in comfort, breathing, and security of the appliance.

A custom mouth guard will most importantly reduce the risk of concussions and dental fractures. That’s because the guard hugs the teeth securely and won’t simply pop off should initial trauma occur. Over the counter guards do not provide a truly secure fit, so they may come out during the initial blow, and not protect against subsequent trauma to the face.

Breathing, drinking water, and talking are all important for your athlete when they’re involved in training or a competition. Most athletes will take out a stock guard because it’s impossible to talk with, or isn’t comfortable when they’re trying to perform an activity. Thankfully, custom guards are smooth, fitted to the teeth, and allow for normal things like drinking water or talking while they’re being worn.

As your child’s mouth continues to grow and other teeth erupt, it’s important to have newer guards made to fit their mouth. Otherwise it won’t fit properly or may interfere with tooth positioning. Making a new guard each year, or that has areas blocked out to allow for tooth eruption is important.

Your custom guard can typically be made within about 2 weeks, and can be designed with logos, colors, or names to make them fun to wear and easy to identify. In fact, your entire team could have matching guards made if they wanted to! Keeping the appliance fun will better encourage your athlete to wear it.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center



Oral Piercings and Your Oral Health

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Different types of oral piercings have been gaining popularity and are common to see on more and more people each day. Typically younger people tend to have these done, either in the tongue or on the lower lip. Most aren’t aware of specific concerns or dental complications that have the possibility of arising due to their new accessory. Apart from the initial discomfort or anxiety of having the procedure done, there are other factors that should be considered if you have, or are considering, an oral piercing.

Lip Piercings

Most lip piercings tend to be at a level where the backside of the stud comes into contact with the gums, or near the gumline of the closest tooth. In the beginning this may be completely harmless, but over a short period of time the frictional irritation in the area can actually cause the gums of the tooth to recede. Gum recession causes exposure of the root of the tooth, which results in sensitivity, poor appearance, and risk of severe damage that can cause tooth loss. This same anomaly is seen in dental patients that hold chew tobacco inside of their lower lip. Fortunately for tobacco users, the dip can be moved around to minimize the damage, but oral piercings cannot.

Tongue Piercings

The biggest concern of tongue piercings is the increased risk of tooth fractures. Highly accidental, the person often finds that they have bit down directly on the stud when chewing or biting their food, causing a large portion of their tooth to break off. Because the tongue is an extremely large muscle with a vast blood supply, there is also the risk of nerve damage, infection and swelling. Keep the piercing site clean and free of debris. Wearing an athletic mouth guard during sports or activities can help prevent the risk of broken teeth.

Posted on behalf of Springhill Dental Health Center



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




Sports Injuries in Children

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Many children spend their summers, evenings and weekends in physical activities or organized sports. No parent wants to “hover” or be paranoid, but fractured teeth and oral trauma are one of the most common injuries in child athletes. Taking the appropriate methods to protect your child’s smile can prevent broken teeth as well as decrease their risk for injuries like concussions.

All high school and collegiate athletes are required to wear an oral protection device such as a custom mouthguard or a prefabricated mouth guard. Why not consider starting at a younger age, and allowing your junior or elementary age child to wear this piece of protective equipment along with the rest of their pads, uniform and helmet? Good habits start early!

Any child may experience oral trauma, but knowing if you’re at a higher risk is important. Teens that wear braces may be more prone to have lip injuries if something comes into contact with their face during an activity. Wearing a guard over their teeth and orthodontic appliances can prevent lacerations and tooth fractures should an accident occur. Children whose upper front teeth jet out are also more likely to experience fractured teeth during athletic activities.

Are all oral guards created equal? Not necessarily. Over the counter guards offer a one-size-fits-most barrier for a single traumatic incident, but they may not stay in place should a fall or subsequent injury take place. Custom guards are made by your dentist to fit securely so that they stay in place and protect against secondary trauma as well as possible concussions.

Children and their parents can have a custom made guard fabricated by their dentist. It may just be the best dental insurance that you ever invest in!

Posted on behalf of Muccioli Dental



Caring For Your Mouth Guard

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You have taken an important step in protecting your mouth, gums, cheeks and teeth by purchasing a mouth guard to wear when you play sports.  Now that you have the guard, you may wonder how you should take care of it.  This article will provide some basic steps on keeping your mouth guard clean and in working condition so that you can use it each and every time.

Your mouth guard is going to live in your mouth so you want it to be clean before each use.  Prior to inserting the mouth guard, brush your mouth guard with your toothbrush and toothpaste. Rinse the guard well and then place in your mouth for use.  After you are done, brush and rinse the guard again, and store in the dedicated container.

Once a month, clean your mouth guard with cool water and mild soap.  This will help keep any bacteria off of the guard, and remove any dirt or dust that may have developed.  Before using the guard, brush it with toothpaste and rinse well before use.  If your mouth guard looks dirty, you may need to wash it more frequently than once a month.

Your mouth guard probably came in a special container.  Save this container to place your guard in before and after use.  Make sure the container is cleaned every time you remove the guard, so it is ready for the next use.

Many outdoor events take place on hot and sunny days.  However, you should never leave your mouth guard out in the sun or place it in boiling water.  Doing so may cause the guard to become misshapen, and it will no longer fit your mouth correctly.

After each use, and especially after you may have taken a blow to your face or a fall, check the guard for rips, tears, or other damage.  Do not use the mouth guard if any damage is noted.

If you have any problems with your mouth guard, contact your dentist for help and guidance.

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.



Mouth Guards From Your Dentist Offer the Best Protection and Comfort

If you or your child engages in any type of contact sport such as football, boxing, hockey, soccer, or lacrosse or any physical activity in which a fall is possible such as cycling, gymnastics, or skateboarding, a mouth guard is very important to protect your teeth from injury.  In the event of an accident, an mouth guard can help protect your lips, gums, and tongue as well as helping to prevent chipped or broken teeth or from having a tooth knocked out.

There are three basic types of mouth guards available for sporting and recreational activity.  Standard pre-formed mouth guards can be purchased at sporting goods stores or department stores.  These mouth guards are inexpensive, but offer little in the way of protection.  Since they are pre-formed, they do not closely conform to the shape of your teeth and gums.  They are bulky, uncomfortable, and can make breathing difficult.

A much more effective alternative are moldable “boil and bite” mouth guards made from thermoplastic material that is moldable when warm but retains its shape at body temperature. These mouth guards are placed in boiling water to soften, then you bite down on them softly and use your fingers and tongue to mold the guard around your teeth and gums.  These mouth guards are more effective at preventing injuries and are much more comfortable than pre formed mouth guards and can also be purchased at most sporting goods stores.

The top of the line mouth guard that provided the best in protection and comfort is a mouth guard custom made by your dentist.  These custom made mouth guards are professionally made using an impression of your teeth.  They are more expensive than the other types of mouth guards, but they offer the ultimate in protection and comfort.

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