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Four Ways To Protect Your Teeth In the Sunshine

The sun is shining, and summer is in full swing. If you’re keen to take good care of your smile in the sunshine, here are 4 ways to protect your teeth:

  1. Avoid sugary drinks: many of us like to crack open a cool fizzy drink or a flavoured alcoholic beverage when the sun comes out. While you may enjoy the taste, your teeth won’t thank you for bathing them in sugary nectar this summer. Try and avoid sugary and acidic drinks, especially between meals. Opt for diet, sugar-free versions, or stick to water.
  2. See your dentist: on a sunny day, a dental clinic may not be top of your list of places to go, but the holidays are a great time to arrange a check-up. If you haven’t been to the dentist in the last 6-9 months, call and book an appointment today. If you’re going away, it’s hugely beneficial to arrange a check before you travel to reduce the risk of dental injuries, infections and tooth pain.
  3. Use a mouth guard for sports: summer is a time when many of us like to be more active and enjoy time outside. If you’re playing sport this summer, don’t forget to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. It’s a good idea to use a gum shield for sports like boxing, martial arts, cricket, rugby, hockey and lacrosse.
  4. Don’t use your teeth as a bottle opener: we’ve all been there. You’ve got friends around, you’ve bought a load of bottles of beer, but the bottle opener has disappeared. If this a familiar scenario, don’t be the person who sacrifices their smile for the good of others. Using your teeth to open a bottle could cause extensive damage.

Why Brentwood needs its Mouth-guards

Brentwood is one of those typical English towns where people love to play sport, especially if you’ve spent 40 gruelling plus hours working your socks off: sport can be a rewarding way of venting your spleen and letting off steam. Of course though, if you love to get stuck-in and get physical, there is an element of danger attached to this if you don’t protect yourself properly and one of the most vulnerable areas of your body is your mouth and jaws: you have to remember that your jaws are held together by to tiny joints and muscle tissue. Getting a decent mouth-guard is imperative to reduce the risk of injury to your jaws and of course your teeth and gums. Your dentist will be only to pleased to help be part of the decision making when it comes to find a tailor made guard to cater for the sport that you do: dentists hate patching up sport related injuries when ‘they told you so’ from the start. Each guard is different in relation to what game you play and each reacts to impacts differently. If you are feeling unsure about which way to go with this, in the area are Advance Dental who can give you expert and invaluable advice on how to go about getting the guard you need. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.


Athletes and sport enthusiasts from Brentwood can find the protection they need with a custom-fitted mouth guard

Contact sports can be dangerous, especially in regards to your teeth and gums. An elbow to the face can soon make short work of your front teeth and once they’re gone teeth are expensive to replace.

However, with a custom-fitted mouth guard from a Brentwood dentist this needn’t ever occur and such devices are easily available at the Advance Dental Clinic.

Shop bought mouth guard vs dentist mouth guards

Shop bought mouth guards often consist of the readymade, one size fits all variety or the boil and bite mouth guards, which are only slight better. These mouth guards can provide some support and protection, but are never as well equipped as a dentist created mouth guard.

A mouth guard made at the dentist is tailored to your specific orthodontic prescription using impressions of your mouth and teeth. Once this mould is taken it is used to create your custom-fitted mouth guard, which will provide a greater level of protection than other types of guard.

The importance of wearing a mouth guard

Dental injuries caused during sports most often result in broken or knocked out teeth, which will have to be replaced in order to prevent oral health problems and difficulty with speech and eating. Some of the methods to replace your missing teeth may include dentures, crowns, implants or bridges, all of which will cost a good amount of money and will never be as efficient as your natural teeth.

If you leave a gap after a sports injury several things can occur, including tooth movement, infection, bone loss and gum disease. To protection yourself against the likelihood of these problems and the cost of new teeth always wear a mouth guard during contact sports. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.


Get Yourself a Mouth guard in Billericay

Mouth guards are used in many walks of life in Billericay, for varying reasons. In dentistry for example, a mouth guards can be used in the form of an aligner or in the treatment of Bruxism (teeth grinding), they can also be used for teeth whitening procedures. But it comes into its own when it is used recreationally in sports, which more and more people are turning to as a way to unwind after work. A mouth guard can seriously reduce the level of damage done to the mouth, especially in full contact sports; not only does it protect the teeth, lips, gums, jaw and neck, but serious infections in the teeth and gums that can come from sports related injuries, and that can be costly to rectify. They generally come in three forms; one you can buy over the counter, another that you can mould to your mouth or a tailor made one bespoke to you. Whatever you choose, it should not only be comfortable in the mouth but be strong enough to protect you in the sport of your choice. Manufacturers of mouth guards have picked up on this too, as some are made from materials that can absorb much greater impact and there are also mouth guards on the market that protect the teeth of those people who wear braces too. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Harlow dentists offer effective diagnosis of TMJ disorder

Your lower jaw is connected to the temporal bone of your skulls by the temporomandibular or TMJ. It coordinates the movement of the jaw when you are eating and talking and includes all the muscles and nerves coming from the brain. If a disorder develops in one of the TMJs it can be extremely painful and affect the movement of your mouth.

TMJ disorders will make it difficult to eat and talk and you may notice the pain particularly when yawning. In extreme cases pain is rest even when the jaw is at rest. Because the nerves are affected, the pain will spread to your neck and shoulders and you may experience muscular spasms and sometimes tinnitus. It is vital that TMJ disorders are dealt with as the symptoms can be extremely debilitating.

Your Harlow dentist is trained to diagnose and treat TMJ disorders. They will administer a ‘clench’ test by asking you to bite so that it can be determined where you are experiencing pain in particular. By creating a mould of your teeth, your dentist will be able to determine if there are any structural disorders with your teeth caused by TMJ.

It is very rare for TMJ disorders to require surgery and usually they can be solved with orthodontic procedures. Your dentist might recommend that an appliance is fitted to the jaw to correct the TMJ disorder or that you wear a mouth guard to prevent teeth grinding at night which might be causing or exacerbating the problem.

Contact your Harlow dentist today if you are worried that you have any of the symptoms of TMJ disorder. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Mouth guards from Brentwood dentists protect your teeth effectively

It is common to find yourself in a situation which requires your teeth to be protected. Some physical sports such as rugby, American football, boxing and lacrosse are so physical that our mouths can be put at risk. The same can be said of activities like gymnastics and mountain biking. If you grind your teeth during sleep, that can damage them too. It is vital that your teeth are protected in order to avoid the painful inconvenience of chipping a tooth or even loosing one or more fully.

Mouth guards offer a simple solution to protecting your teeth. Sports stores sell stock protectors which offer minimal protection by ready to wear guards which are usually cheap. Dentists do not especially recommend these products as, in wearing them, your mouth is still exposed to a number of risks. Some guards are made of a malleable substance which can be shaped if you place them in boiling water and then bite into them but they too don’t offer a high level of protection.

The best option is to get your dentist to fit you a mouth guard. They are far more comfortable and will give you a greater degree of protection by virtue of the fact that they are custom made to fit your unique mouth snuggly. Like when fitting a brace or a crown, your dentist will take moulds of your teeth before a technician makes the mouth guard. These products are more expensive but mean your teeth and mouth are much safer in dangerous situations.

Spending money on a mouth guard might save finances in the long term as having a serious injury to the mouth might require expensive and invasive surgery to correct it. Contact your Brentwood dentist to find out more information about mouth guards and how they can prevent painful oral injuries and expensive restorative procedures. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford

Protect against sporting injury with mouth guard from Brentwood dentist

When you watch rugby or boxing on the TV you notice that all the players wear mouth guards. There are many other sports such as ice-hockey and hockey where mouth guards are an essential part of safety equipment. This is because wearing a mouth guard when playing very physical sport or sport with a high risk of injury to the face could save you a lot of pain. This is because it offers protection to the teeth and gums which are at risk of injury and even being knocked out.

Sporting injuries to the teeth are very common. About half the teeth knocked out in the UK each year are as the result of sporting injury, so you have to ask yourself if you are doing enough to protect yours when playing sport. A mouth guard from your dentist will go a long way to giving your teeth extra protection against trauma. Anyone who has ever suffered a sporting dental injury will certainly advise you that this is a good idea, as it is not a very pleasant and often quite costly accident to have happen to you.

You can buy mouth guards in sporting good shops but these are generic and not designed for your particular teeth, which means they may not be providing the best protection. A Brentwood dentist will be able to make you a mouth guard based on a mould of your teeth so that is well-fitted and spreads the force of any impact evenly among the teeth, reducing the risk of severe trauma.

For children playing sport, it is important to remember to have the mouth guard changed every six months so that it is not outgrown by developing teeth. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.