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Apr
9

Mouth Guards for Sports

Posted in Mouth Guards

Spring is just around the corner. If you’re a parent, that can mean sitting on the sidelines watching your child play soccer, baseball or lacrosse, and cringing every time they get hit with the ball or by another player.

Athletic programs through the schools or recreation programs almost always require appropriate protection, including pads, helmets and protective mouth guards. Mouth guards, according to pediatric dentists, are one of the most important pieces of equipment in protecting your mouth and jaw, yet they are often overlooked.

There are three basic types of mouth guards: stock mouth guards, heat moldable mouth guards and custom made mouth guards. Stock guards are the least expensive, but the fit cannot be adjusted. Heat moldable guards work by boiling in water, cooling slightly and placing in the child’s mouth, forming a guard that is suited to his or her mouth. Finally, custom made mouth guards, which are considered the most protective, are made by making a mold of the child’s bite and then fabricating a mouth guard out of that mold.

Is age a factor in choosing which type of mouth guard is best for your child? The answer is, not really. The best guard will be the one that most closely matches your child’s teeth, so a custom guard is the obvious choice. This, however, can be quite expensive, especially in the formative years before the final set of adult teeth are all in, roughly around the age of 12.

Your dentist will instruct you and your child on the care of your custom made guard. Briefly, you want to make sure your child uses it only during practice or game time. After use, it should be cleaned with warm water and a soft bristled tooth brush and then stored in a container a put in a safe place for next time.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 

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Mar
12

Habits That are Bad For Your Teeth

You brush twice a day, eat well, and floss once a day.  You see your dentist on a regular basis, and have not had a cavity in years.  You may think that you are taking great care of your mouth and teet, but did you know there are several habits that you may have that are really bad for your teeth?  Read this article to find out more about those hidden things we all do that are dangerous to our mouth and teeth!

The number one culprit for tooth injuries is eating ice.  Chewing on frozen ice cubes can cause small chips, breaks, and fissures to appear in teeth.  Even though ice is sugar free, and tastes great on a hot day, instead have a cold drink.  Save your teeth!

The next time you are out playing football or ice hockey with your friends, don’t forget that mouth guard.  Trauma to the mouth is the number one reason for tooth loss.  Prevent that trauma by keeping a mouth guard in whenever you play contact sports.

You may think that mouth and tongue jewelry is really exotic, and looks great.  Unfortunately, tongue and lip piercings can irritate your mouth, gums and teeth leading to receding gum lines, teeth cracking, and broken teeth.  Avoid the permanent jewelry if you can!

Do you have a cough or cold?  Before you pick up that cough drop, read the package.  Many are simply hard candy with a little cough suppressant in them.  Instead, look for a sugar free variety or immediately brush afterwards to get rid of the sticky sugar in your mouth.  You don’t need to fight a cold and a cavity at the same time.

By thinking about some of these relatively innocent habits, your teeth will remain healthier and happier and last your entire lifetime!

Posted on the behalf of Muccioli Dental

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