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Invisalign treatment is a wonderful alternative to traditional braces. Removable and virtually invisible!

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  Sleep breathing disorders are a medical disease. We work with your physician to treat your OSA.

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We are dedicated to help you eliminate or minimize the discomfort associated with your TMJ.


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Hear directly from some of our patients about their experience with Dr. Marty Frankel and our team at Smiles By Design.
 


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The Blog: 
NEUROMUSCULAR DENTISTRY

~ Dr. Marty Frankel, DDS


Sat, October 14, 2017

ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE AND NEUROMUSCULAR MOUTHGUARDS

Protective mouthguards have been used for decades to protect the teeth from injury during competitive compact sports games, and to help prevent concussions. Even as far back as the 1960's, attempts were made to fabricate mouthguards that would serve that purpose as well as improve performance. About 10 years ago, Dr. Anil Makkar, a dentist in Truro Nova Scotia who practiced with a neuromuscular approach, developed a mouthguard that actually improved performance in many ways. It was found to improve arm strength, shoulder strength, balance, range of motion, in particular. People who wore the guard felt that it also improved their breathing during activity.

Dr. Makkar ran training programmes to certify dentists to be able to make these mouthguards. I was trained at the time, in the method to fabricate these mouthguards which were called the "Pure Power Mouthguard" or PPM for short. The PPM quickly made its way into professional sport where a competitive edge can make an enormous difference to an athlete's results. These guards were worn by NHL hockey players, MLB baseball players, NFL football and NBA basketball teams. Even golfers on the PGA tour started to wear the PPM guard because they found that it gave them better balance, range of motion on their swing, and helped them develop more power in their swing.

I will post a few videos which can be found on Youtube that give you some insight into the workings of the PPM. In 2009 the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl, and that year the entire team wore PPM's. Here is a short clip of the announcers being completely amazed at the performance of the Saints.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DygOtLQIvQ

Many NBA players wore the PPM as well. Here is a video of Michael Redd going through the motions training with the help of the PPM.

https://youtu.be/5elbrUUdd2A

Mouthguards are very important for protection from injury for someone playing contact sports in particular. The performance guards add another dimension to the traditonal guard. For more information about this interesting mouthguard, feel free to ask us any questions you might have.

Yours for better health and performance,
Dr. Marty Frankel,

3030-3080 Yonge Street,
Toronto, Ontario M4N 3N1
416-770-8526





About Dr. Marty Frankel, DDS, FAGD

When Dr. Marty Frankel graduated from the University Of Toronto Faculty Of Dentistry in 1984 he began a journey as a lifelong learner.  This journey has taken him to various locations in the world to study from some of the most brilliant and progressive minds in Dentistry. Somewhere in the evolution of dentistry and medicine the mouth was conceptually separated from the rest of the body.  We can’t “cut people off at the neck” and expect to maintain excellent health.  The studies that Dr. Frankel has pursued constantly reinforce the holistic and intimate physiologic connections of the mouth to the rest of the body. His mission is to help people become healthier, happier, and pain free by learning about and honoring those connections. Before becoming passionately connected to dentistry, Dr. Frankel worked and played as a professional percussionist and drummer.  He performed with the likes of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The National Ballet of Canada, The Canadian Opera Company, The Stratford Festival, The National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the late jazz singer Joe Williams, vibraphonists Red Norvo and Haygood Hardy, saxophonist Al Cohn, and others.  He continues to have a great love for music ... especially Jazz!  Dr. Frankel lives in Toronto with his wonderful wife Nancy, and loves spending time with her, their children, and grandchildren.