It’s no secret that residents of Warsaw & Geneseo love sports! The folks around here work hard and play just as hard, whether it’s football, baseball, basketball, or the numerous other high-impact sports that can cause harm to your family’s mouths.
In fact, at least 13% of all oral injuries happen during sports activities. Dr. Gburek, Dr. Barone, Dr. Moore & Dr. Hetrick want you to know how to keep your teeth out of harm’s way and still enjoy a good game, so please read on and learn how to win big with a safe, healthy smile.
We know what you’re thinking, mouth guards are the key to staying safe on the field, right? Yes, they are a big part of it, but it takes more than just a mouth guard to keep your kids from getting a chipped tooth while scoring a touchdown. Sports safety for oral health means getting the right mouth guard and wearing it the right way. After all, the best defense is a good offense!
If you or a member of your family is considering a mouth protector to defend against injuries to the mouth and face, there are a few things you should know about your options. At Summit Family Dental Care, we are always happy to help the people of Warsaw & Geneseo, so please give us a call if you’d like to discuss your options with one of our friendly professionals. In the meantime, here are a couple of facts about mouth guards:
There are three different kinds of mouth protectors available – stock, boil and bite, and custom-fit. Stock mouth guards are the least expensive and the easiest to find, but they offer no customization and can cause irritation and even fall out during sports activities. Boil and bite mouth protectors are made of a special plastic that becomes malleable when boiled, and can then be fitted.
Dr. Gburek, Dr. Barone, Dr. Moore & Dr. Hetrick and the American Dental Association recommend custom-fit mouth guards because they are the highest quality option with the best protection and comfort. At Summit Family Dental Care, using a special impression of your teeth, we will create a perfectly fitted, custom mouth protector. This is the most expensive option, but it is the only one that offers comprehensive oral safety during sports.
First thing’s first, make sure to wear it during all sports activities, including practice, scrimmages, and games. After each use, clean the mouth guard with a toothbrush and toothpaste. It should also be cleaned occasionally with soap and water. Store the mouth guard in a ventilated container, and never leave it in direct sunlight.
How else can you keep your mouth safe? The most important thing is to know which activities pose a risk and be prepared with a mouth guard, helmet, and whatever protections are necessary. Dr. Gburek, Dr. Barone, Dr. Moore & Dr. Hetrick wants all Warsaw & Geneseo residents to enjoy the game without fearing for their teeth, so contact us at Summit Family Dental Care today with any questions!
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