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Why Wearing A Mouth Guard Is A Good Idea Marietta, GA
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When it comes to dental injuries, the American Dental Association projects that one third of all injuries are sports-related, and that wearing a mouthguard can prevent more than 200,000 oral injuries to the mouth each year. This is true for an athlete of any age and skill level, which is why wearing a mouthguard is a good idea.

Imagine the damage caused by a misplaced elbow during a basketball game. From tooth displacement to a broken or fractured tooth, an elbow to the mouth can result in disastrous, not to mention painful and costly repairs. In turn, while a blunt force to the face or mouth may not knock out a tooth, it might cause an individual to bite down on soft tissues such as the inside of the cheek or tongue. In both instances, wearing a mouthguard displaces the force of an impact to one’s mouth, preventing lasting damage to the face and teeth.

In a recent article posted by Colgate, results from a study of high school athletes and oral injuries were referenced. According to the study, 75% of injuries occurred when mouth guards were not worn, with a high percentage of injuries sustained during baseball and basketball. The study also revealed that 56% of all concussions were suffered when mouthguards were not worn.

With a greater understanding of the importance of wearing a mouthguard, many ask the question, “is an over the counter mouth guard good enough?” While some protection is better than none, a customized mouthguard designed by a dentist is generally a better choice than a ready-made or boil and bite version. Of course, the answer depends on an individual’s comfort level, budget, materials preference and level of protection needed. Even so, a customized mouthguard provides ultimate comfort and flexion, with superior protection. What’s more, they are highly personalized, as they are designed based on the exact impression of a patient’s bite.

Call Pure Smiles Dentistry Today!

At Pure Smiles Dentistry, we make every effort to meet the demands of your smile, with preventative to restorative dentistry and everything between. Whether you are a seasonal or professional athlete, we’re happy to perform a comprehensive assessment and customize a mouthguard that will preserve your oral health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel and the team at Pure Smiles Dentistry in Marietta.

Posted on behalf of Pure Smiles Marietta

2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Phone: (770) 422-8776

FAX: (770) 428-2207


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  • Kim P.

    Dr Patel answered my call for practically in the middle of the night. He came and had no other appointments for the day! Just to help me. The facility was immaculate and him and his hygienist were so helpful. I wish I remembered her name. It had been a while since I had been to the dentist and they never made me feel judged. Great team of people. If you are looking for a dentist give Dr. P and his team a try you won't be disappointed! See u in 2 weeks Dr. P.!i

  • Lisa O.

    Hands down the best dentist I have found. I took all three of my kids and myself. This is a welcoming, child-friendly team. It is readily apparent how well this team works together to make every patient, no matter what age, feel comfortable. I appreciate these people so much. Thank you for being such an outstanding dentist team, Pure Smiles!

  • Carmelita Ch.-H.

    Doctor/Staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Always make sure you feel comfortable. Pam is an excellent Hygienist. Office space is always clean and tidy. I would recommend this office as we have been going there for the past 12 years.

  • Hudson H.

    I usually HATE the dentist! I saw all these good reviews and was a bit skeptical, but after visiting this office I now know they’re all legit. Pure Smiles made me feel comfortable and was very considerate to me. I normally leave the dentist angry, this time however I was so pleased! Everyone was empathetic and went over and beyond to help me. Everything from scheduling to payment options, they cared. I actually want to floss now.

  • Michelle P.

    I only have positive things to say about Dr.Patel and the staff at Pure Smiles in Marietta. I was in bad shape with a wisdom tooth that needed to be removed. I was seen the same morning that I called, and everything was finished in under an hour. I received a check-up call that afternoon, which I felt was very thoughtful. I went back for an overall exam the following week, and I left their office feeling great about my future dental health. Do not hesitate to call Pure Smiles. The staff is kind, efficient, and up-to-date on dental advances.

  • Kashni S.

    Everyone from the front desk to our Dentist was wonderful. Dr. Sanil Patel was truly impeccable - everything was clean. He offers various services to meet all your cosmetic and medical dental needs in one place!! Check it out for yourself.

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2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Mon - Wed: 7AM – 7PM
Thu, Fri: 7AM – 4PM
Sat: 8AM – 3PM, twice a month