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Custom Athletic Mouthguards Help Prevent Concussions Marietta, GA

Custom Athletic Mouthguards Help Prevent Concussions

Mouthguards provide the obvious benefit of protecting the teeth and gums from injury during contact sports. However, more recent news reveals that mouthguards deliver another important role for athletes. They may be able to reduce the risk of brain injury, or sport-related concussions.

Concussions in youth sports have been a hot topic in the past few years. Measures have been taken on a national level to help prevent this type of serious head injury in football, soccer, basketball and other sports. For any parent who shares this concern, it is important to know how a simple investment in a custom mouthguard can help alleviate your anxiety.

Mouthguards help to absorb shock of a head injury as well as stabilize the head and neck during blunt trauma to the jaw. The May/June 2014 issue of General Dentistry, a peer reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, reported study findings that prove how a custom mouthguard is more favorable than a store-bought mouthguard when it comes to concussion prevention.

The study revealed that youth football players that wore store-bought mouthguards were twice as likely to suffer trauma to the brain compared to the players who wore a custom mouthguard from their dentist (8.3 % versus 3.6%). A custom mouthguard fits better because it is fabricated with high quality materials using a unique impression of the patient’s teeth. A mouthguard that is loose or not durable can only offer limited protection, especially when it comes to protection of the head and neck.

Does a custom mouthguard from your dentist cost more than one from your local sporting goods store? In nearly all cases, yes. However, the benefits of protecting your child from brain injuries during sports far outweighs the cost. Contact Gilreath Family Dentistry today to learn more about our excellence in Sports Dentistry!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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