It’s almost time for the kids to go back to school once again and we’d like to take this opportunity to urge all parents to insure that their children “Play it Safe” this year by wearing a custom-fitted dental mouth guard when engaging in any recreational or sports activity, even a practice; where contact with a hard surface, or another person could possibly occur.
A professionally designed and fitted dental mouth guard remains securely and safely in place during action, provides a high degree of comfort, and does not limit breathing or speaking.
These mouth guard can help prevent serious ora-facial injuries like: lacerations to lips, cheek and chin, fractures of facial bones, especially lhe cheek bones and mandible which can cause facial deformity, possible permanent injury to the jaw joints, broken and chipped teeth, or teeth knocked loose from their sockets.
Playing contact sports without a mouth guard has been likened to race car driving without a seat belt!
As many as one third of all sports related injuries involve the head or face. When a student athlete sustains a facial injury, their teeth are usually involved as well.
Many sports related mouth injuries occur in children between the ages of 7 and 14; often while participating in commonplace activities like skateboarding, roller-blading, bike riding, baseball and basketball. Sadly, the majority of these ora-facial injuries could actually be preventable if the child was wearing a comfortable, professionally designed and properly fitted custom mouth guard.
Fact is, a single blow to the mouth or jaw can result in serious dental damage that can be very painful, but an ounce of prevention can go a long way… a custom-fitted protective mouth guard can prevent risk, injury, pain, suffering and years of expensive reconstructive dental treatments.
Boys and girls who have a tooth knocked out can anticipate thousands of dollars in lifetime dental costs associated with just that one tooth. When front teeth are broken, often root canal treatment and crowns become necessary. Sometimes these restored front teeth fracture again at the roots and have to be extracted and replaced with fixed bridgework or preferably dental implants. While its emotionally and financially stressful for the parents involved; it’s also extremely regrettable to see a youngster undergo such extensive treatments when accidents like these are so easily prevented.
As dentists committed to helping people achieve and enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles for life, the last thing we want to see is a young person’s smile ruined as a result of a totally preventable injury.
A mouth guard is a small but very smart investment because it can provide valuable protection against injuries that could cost much, much more in the long run, in terms of time, suffering and expense.
Why not take the time to give your children’s teeth the very best protection available? Just call our receptionists now and schedule an appointment? We think you’ll be glad you did!
Yours for better dental health,