Category Archives: Pure Power Mouthguard

School Is In! Sports Season Is, Too! Avoid Mouth Injuries Easily!

School is resuming for our children. Along with a new school year, many adolescents and teens begin a new season of participation in sports. As a parent, I’m all for involvement that reinforces team interaction and active play. As a dentist, I hold my breath. Year after year, I see patients who have taken a blow to the mouth or jaw that resulted in deep cuts to the lips or tongue, cuts on the inside of the mouth, chipped teeth, teeth that are knocked loose or out altogether, and jaw injuries.

It’s not just the rigorous contact sports such as football and hockey that place your child in harm’s way for these injuries. Basketball, gymnastics, skate boarding, soccer, lacrosse and baseball are just as likely to be the setting for an injury to the teeth, mouth or jaw.

These problems can be avoided, or their severity can be greatly reduced, with a simple, inexpensive mouth piece. A mouthguard is priceless when it comes to the avoidance of injuries, some which can be severe. An athlete is 60 times more prone to an injury to teeth when a mouthguard is not worn. Mouthguards can even reduce the severity of concussions.

There are over-the-counter types, which tend to be bulky and cumbersome in the mouth. These tend to get less use as a result. Somewhat better are the boil-and-bite mouthguards, which conform to the fit of teeth to some extent. The types that are most favored are custom-made mouthguards formed specifically to the contours of teeth and gums by an experienced dentist. A mouthguard that fits well without bulk tends to be worn more often and with less resistance by the wearer.

A custom-made mouthguard is resilient, tear-resistant, will not interfere with speech or breathing, and fits comfortably. They should be worn during practice sessions as well as game times. And, last year’s mouthguard may not have the snug fit that is necessary for optimal protection. A newly-fitted mouthguard is advised on an annual basis. These custom fits are highly important for those who have braces, a protruding jaw, receding chin or cleft palate.

Mouthguards should be easy to care for with simple measures. For custom-made types, cleaning can be done by rinsing and brushing with a toothbrush. It should be stored in a strong container that is vented and never left sitting in the sun or held under hot water.

I cannot tell you the treatment time, expense and parental anguish I’ve seen when a child’s mouth injury occurs. They can be avoided so simply and affordably. Ask about custom mouthguards for your family members as well as yourself. When your children see YOU are committed to wearing a mouthguard while biking, shooting hoops, and playing softball in the backyard, they’ll be more inclined to get into the habit themselves.

Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to learn more.

Grinding Teeth & Sleep Apnea May Go Hand-In-Hand

Bruxism (teeth grinding) can lead to worn teeth, pain in the jaw joints, headaches, and disrupt sleep that results in daytime fatigue. Bruxism is most often associated with bite misalignment, but researchers are finding that grinding one’s teeth during sleep can also be a symptom of sleep disordered breathing.

Sleep specialists are now working with neuro-muscular dentists (like myself) on behalf of their patients, and vice versa. Because teeth grinding and clenching can cause so much damage, we advise a custom made bite guard to wear during sleep. Custom designed versions are smaller and won’t interfere with your ability to be comfortable throughout the night. Additionally, the materials made from versions we provide won’t add to the urge to clench, like most boil-&-bite types.

Heavy snorers and sleep apnea sufferers can greatly benefit from oral appliances. Many individuals with sleep apnea find these far more comfortable that loud, bulky CPAP devices. Plus, patients are more compliant in wearing oral appliances. It is estimated that only 22% of individuals who have CPAP machines use them on a consistent basis.

If you are (or feel you may be) a grinder, call 1-866-9-Smiles to arrange an evaluation so we can determine if damage has occurred to your teeth. Once we correct bite issues, a more restful level of sleep should occur. If not, a sleep study may be warranted to pinpoint more severe issues.

Be Accident-Free For Your Holiday Weekend!

Ahhhh … Labor Day weekend is here, which typically signifies the last of Summer’s outdoor fun. Yet, remember that outside activities can result in an unhappy smile should you forget to wear your mouth guard.

We find that the custom-fitted mouth guards made in our office are worn more frequently because they are simply more comfortable. The ones we create conform to the specific contours of your mouth and are less bulky than store-bought types, yet highly protective.

However, should the worst happen and you (or someone nearby) have an accident, these tips can lessen the damage:

CUT OR BITTEN TONGUE, LIP OR CHEEK – Apply cold compress to bruised area. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop within 15 minutes or cannot be controlled by simple pressure, go to a hospital emergency room.

KNOCKED OUT PERMANENT TOOTH – Handle the tooth by the top portion rather than the root. Rinse the tooth, but do not clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Try to reinsert the tooth into the socket and hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in a cup of milk or water and call us immediately. Time is a critical factor in saving a tooth.

BROKEN TOOTH – Rinse dirt from injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses over the area of the injury. Save any broken tooth fragments and contact us immediately.

Don’t learn the hard way to wear your mouth guard! Making one for you is fast and affordable, and a wise investment for a lasting smile!

Get The Competitive Edge Of A Greek Warrior!

What’s this about MouthWear that can …

Lower your golf score, put more stamina in your run, add more power to your tennis swing, power you up in about any non-contact sport!

Ancient Greek athletes bit down on a leather strap for a competitive edge. Viking and Roman warriors would clamp down on leather bits for more focus on the battlefield. Something worked here, but it never evolved.  Until now.

Armour Bite® is designed to unlock your body’s instinctive reflex system – teeth clenching – to give you an athletic edge, from running to golf to tennis or nearly any sport.

When you train and compete, your natural reaction is to clench your jaw. This compresses the TMJ (jaw joint), which releases excess performance-sapping hormones (like cortisol) to produce stress, fatigue and distraction.

Armour Bite is a member of the Under Armour® line of products, famous for their innovative performance apparel and moisture wicking fabrics, in particular. It is designed to prevent your teeth from clenching and pivot the jaw forward. This relieves pressure on the jaw joints and eliminates the excess negative hormones and energy-draining effects so you can achieve your full athletic potential.

If you’re looking to excel competitively, or just knock some strokes off your handicap, call (586) 739-2155 to discuss Armour Bite with Dr. Barbat during a complimentary consultation appointment.

Pure Power Mouth Guard: An Extra Edge|Troy MI Cosmetic Dentist

Makkar Pure Power Mouth Guard: “All We Did Was Give Them An Extra Edge”

The Makkar Pure Power Mouth Guard has been gaining a lot of media attention, especially in the sports world.

“About 40 members of the New Orleans Saints are sporting the mouthpiece invented by Truro dentist Anil Makkar while seven players of the opposition Indianapolis Colts are also using the product.”

” “(The Saints) were already a great team.

They had all the right parts in place,” the 48-year-old Makkar said over the phone from Miami, where he’s attending Super Bowl festivities with the team and will take in the game Sunday. “I think all we did was give them an extra edge.”The mouthguard properly aligns the jaw and spine, allowing for better breathing and increased range of motion and power.It all started when Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma was fitted for a Makkar PPM last year and noticed his headaches went away. He mentioned the mouthpiece to general manager Mickey Loomis. “

To get fitted for your own personal Pure Power Mouth Guard contact Dr. Ban Barbat and her experienced Metro Detroit Michigan neuromuscular dentist team today. Give yourself that necessary sporting edge, that has been used this year by Olympic Gold Medal Winners, Super Bowl Winners and powerhouse athletes from everysport to naturally and healthily enhance their natural abilities.Source: The Truro Daily News

Want to Stop Headaches AND have the performance of a Super Bowl Champion?

You can improve performance with a custom mouthpiece created by a dentist trained in Neuromuscular Dentistry

We can’t gaurantee you will have the performance of a NFL Super Star but you will get better!In a recent ESPN Interview, Super Bowl Champion and New Orleans Saint Tracy Porter discusses their success and the Pure Power Mouthguad (PPM). The PPM is a custom fit nouth piece we provide at our Metro Detroit Advanced Dental Center located in Shelby Township.  Not only has it had proven athletic benefits and used by a majority of the team as well as super stars in other sports such as Shaq, the PPM reduced headaches for Porter as well.

Don Wurner (Wilsonville, AL, B’ham area)What was the kind of situation you were looking for on your interception? What kind of tangible benefits do you get from your PPM mouthpieces? Talk about “Finish Strong!” Who Dat? You Dat! Geaux Saints!!! from B’ham, DEWitnowTracy Porter  (12:05 PM)I was just looking to make a play on the ball and do whatever it took to become a world champion. By the preparation I put in the opportunity came about.Tracy Porter  (12:06 PM)As for the mouthguard, the benefits I see is it helps with your balance, flexibility, range of motion. It’s not your typical put in the pot and boil mouthpiece. It helps with headaches, it prevents them from happening. All around it benefits everything. You could work out with it. Lift weights. Pretty much anything you can do, you can do with the mouthpiece in.

Neuromuscular dentistry is the science behind the custom, performance enhancing mouthpiece.  If your dentist does not pay attention to your bite, find one that does today or contact us at 1-866-9-Smiles (1-866-976-4537) or visit our Detroit Dentist website

Makkar Pure Power Mouthguard wins”Surprise Product of the Year”|Utica Cosmetic Dentist

The Makkar brand Pure Power Mouth-guard has been named the “Surprise Product of the Year” for the golf industry’s best for 2009.

It won out over the Viper Golf Tee, Geox Respira footwear, Bionic Glove, FootJoy TechSof Golf Socks, and the Robo Cup. To see the rest of the results check out the list by CLICKING HERE. The benefits of the professional mouth-guards are not limited to improving your golf game. Contact Dr. Ban Barbat at her Utica Cosmetic Dentist Office to find out more about the Pure Power Mouthguard.Source: www.scoregolf.com

Performance Enhancing Pure Power Mouthguards|Shelby TWP Dentist

Can a Pure Power Mouthguard improve your athletic performance?

There are some atheletes that swear by them. Under Armour and Makkar have both put out a version on the Pure Power Mouthguard. This New York TImes Fitness article talks a little about both and some benefits. Check it out by CLICKING HERE. And visit our Shelby Township Cosmetic Dentist Office today to learn about getting your own Pure Power Mouthguard.