2 May 2014
Protecting Your Child’s Smile
Spring and summer usher in a multitude of fun sports and outdoor activities. Having so much fun inevitably leads to a few bumps and bruises, but it is easy to protect you or your child’s smile.
Many sports require facial and mouth protection such as helmets, protective eyewear, face shields and mouth guards, but even if mouth guards are not required they can be beneficial to the participant. Soccer, skateboarding, volleyball, rollerblading, basketball and any type of sport where there is the potential to fall or collide with another player a mouth guard can prevent damage to the soft tissues of the mouth, broken teeth or lost teeth.
Dr. Reagin and the team at Reagin Orthodontics provide mouth guards for all of their orthodontia patients, but did you know they can fit anyone for a custom mouth guard? You do not have to be a current patient of the practice in order to make an appointment for a mouth guard. Many people shy away from mouth guards, because they think they will be uncomfortable, in the way or make communicating with other players difficult.
According to The American Dental Association, “A properly fitted mouth guard will stay in place and be easy for users to talk and breathe while wearing.”
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states that sports accidents reportedly account for 10 to 39 percent of all dental injuries in children and are most often caused by direct hits with a hard object, such as a puck or ball, and player-to-player contact. Many of which could be prevented by wearing a mouth guard. So why wouldn’t you or your child wear one? Spread the word to your friends that Dr. Reagin would be happy to fit them also even if their child is not in braces currently! They won’t regret it!
Call us today to make an appointment for a custom mouth guard!
National Facial Protection Month is sponsored by the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Association of Orthodontists.