Contact Sports And The Importance Of Mouth Guards

July 25, 2016

Playing sports are a great way to stay in shape and have fun! But before you hit the playing field, it’s essential to wear the right athletic equipment and that includes a mouth guard. Mouth guards also called sports guards, protect the teeth from injuries due to a blow to the face.

An injury to the face and mouth can knock one or more teeth out. Even one missing tooth can affect eating, talking and your smile. Repairing a missing tooth can be costly. Fortunately, mouth guards reduce your risk of suffering an injury.

A mouth guard is worn over your upper teeth and may decrease your chances of broken teeth, a cut lip and other injuries to the jaw and tongue. The top teeth, which stick out a bit more, are usually a little more vulnerable to injury than the bottom teeth. But there might be instances where we may suggest wearing a mouth guard on the lower teeth as well.

You and your family should wear a mouth guard if you participate in contact sports, such as football, boxing and hockey that may lead to collisions with other players and result in a dental injury. A mouth guard is also a good idea if you’re participating in certain higher risk activities where a fall may occur including mountain biking and skateboarding.

There are three types of mouth guards including boil and bite, stock guards and custom fit. Using a boil and bite guard involves boiling the guard to soften it and placing it in your mouth so it can adapt to the shape of your teeth. Stock guards are pre-formed and ready to wear.

But when it comes to mouth guards, your best bet is a custom fit guard. At our dental clinic in Edmonton, Dr. Abdul Wehbe and Dr. Barry Bergh will make a custom mouth guard to ensure it fits properly and will provide the best protection. Since custom made mouth guards are designed specifically for your mouth, they are usually more comfortable than over the counter stock guards or boil and bite guards.

At Strathcona Dental Clinic, our team will also provide instructions on how to care for your mouth guard including how to clean it and when to replace it.

Please call our Edmonton dental clinic at (780) 433- 1154 to have a mouth guard made or for more information. You’re also welcome to book an appointment online at

The Dental Dangers Of Sugary Summer Drinks

July 15, 2016

You probably already know good oral hygiene including brushing and flossing is essential for healthy teeth and gums. But what you eat and drink also plays a role in maintaining good dental health. In fact, in some instances, what you eat and drink can reverse the positive effects that your brushing and flossing are doing.

Dr. Abdul Wehbe and Dr. Barry Bergh at Strathcona Dental Clinic, believe in educating their patients on how they can be proactive about their dental health. With summer here, one thing you can do for your family is to be aware of the damage certain beverages can have on the teeth.

Although you and your family might drink soda and sugary juices any time of the year, it’s common to drink more during the summer. After all, a cold drink is great on a hot summer day. But when it comes to your dental health, reaching for a drink loaded with sugar is not your best bet.

The problem with soda and sports drinks is they contain a lot of sugar, which interacts with bacteria in your mouth. After you drink soda, the sugar is left behind on your teeth. Bacteria in your mouth feeds on the sugar, which creates acid.

In time, the acid can wear away some of the enamel on your teeth, which makes them weaker. Weaker enamel makes your teeth sensitive and more susceptible to cavities. Your kids are even more at risk of tooth decay since their enamel is not completely developed.

Keep in mind, it’s not just soda and sports drinks that are the culprit. Juices and summer treats, such as snow cones and popsicles, also contain a lot of sugar.

The best thing you can do for your teeth and your family’s dental health is to avoid sugary drinks and soda whenever possible. Substitute sugary drinks for milk or water.  If you do drink juice, make sure it contains at least 10 percent real fruits juice. Also, consider mixing half juice with half water to cut sugar.

If you do occasionally indulge in a sugary beverage, consider drinking it through a straw. A straw draws the liquid to the back of your mouth, which reduces sugar contact with your teeth. After drinking, it’s also a good idea to rinse and brush your teeth to remove the sugar from your mouth. Getting professionally applied fluoride treatment at our dental office in Edmonton is also helpful to prevent tooth decay.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call our Edmonton dental clinic at (780) 433-1154 or visit our website at