Is your child’s smile at risk?

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March 28, 2014

With this winter’s cold and snowy weather, it’s hard to picture sunny days ahead. But the truth is summer is right around the corner! For many parents and their children, this means having fun outdoors: playing sports, climbing on the jungle gym, going bike riding.

Unfortunately, summer also means that your child’s beautiful smile could be at risk.

 The team at Advanced DDS is here to help preserve your child’s smile this summer with a custom made mouthguard

 When your child plays a sport such as soccer or softball, they risk injuring teeth. Such injuries vary from minor chips in the tooth to having the tooth knocked completely out of socket. A customized mouthguard can prevent these things from happening to your child. Additionally, mouthguards can prevent laceration and bruising from occurring in the mouth. If your child has braces, a mouthguard will also prevent them from breaking. Taking the smart precaution of getting a mouthguard will help you avoid having to pay for expensive corrective procedures for your child’s teeth.

 The American Dental Association recommends wearing a mouthguard for sports such as:

Basketball, Bike Riding, Boxing, Equestrian Events, Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Rugby, Skateboarding, Soccer, Surfing, Volleyball, Wrestling, and more.

 Athletes are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth when they are not wearing a mouthguard.

 It is also important to know that oral injuries can occur even during daily activities. Even if your child does not play sports, they could still suffer from dental trauma. If your child likes to play on the playground or maybe if they are going to camp this summer, it would be a good idea to get them a custom made mouthguard.

 WHY CUSTOM MADE?

You may have seen mouthguards for sale at sporting goods stores. These mouthguards are not as effective as customized ones. They come preformed, so they may not fit your child’s teeth properly. Since these mouthguards can’t be adjusted, this makes them less protective. Additionally, they are less comfortable; preformed mouthguards are often bulky and difficult to talk and breathe through, making kids not want to wear them at all. Custom mouthguards are the most comfortable option and most importantly the safest. A custom made mouthguard is the best way to protect your child’s summer smile.

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