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Mouthguards

by Dr. Albert Apicella

Athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to their teeth when NOT wearing a mouthguard. When it comes to protecting your mouth, a mouthguard should be an essential part of your equipment at any age. They typically cover the upper teeth  and also are effective at protecting the soft tissues of your tongue, cheeks and lips as well as reducing the incidence and severity of concussions. Let’s examine  more  statistics from the American Dental Association:

  • 80% of traumatic dental injuries occur to the top front teeth
  • Sports related injuries account for 3 times more facial / dental injuries than violence or traffic accidents
  • More than 5 million teeth are injured / knocked out every year resulting in nearly 500 million dollars spent on replacing teeth
  • Mouthguards should be worn for all sports, and particularly contact sports such as: Football, hockey , soccer ,basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling and volleyball

There are three types of mouthguards:

  1. Custom fitted – These are made by your dentist or orthodontist.
  2. Stock  –  These come preformed but generally don’t fit as well.
  3. Boil and bite –   These are bought over the shelf and heated in boiling water,

then fitted while  still soft.

Once properly fit, it is important to maintain their condition by not chewing them, which can destroy the fit and keeping them clean, using a toothbrush, tooth paste and cool or cold water.

When in doubt regarding choosing a mouthguard, ask your orthodontist or dentist.

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Back to School List

Going back to school means things are changing and you’re moving into another year. Be sure to use this checklist for things to keep your smile healthy, happy and beautiful.

  • Pack braces-friendly lunches, think food soft enough to eat comfortably without damaging appliances.
  • Pack a travel toothbrush for after lunch and snacks.
  • Bring a small mirror to check for trapped food.
  • Buy floss made for orthodontic care.
  • Bring along your travel case to keep your retainer clean and safe.
  • Have a mouth guard for sports it not only protects your teeth, but also the other participants.
  • Have extra rubber bands on hand.
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