Mouth Guardians must be our new nickname here at Dentistry for Children in Oviedo. In fact, schools now going full-force, we are asking all parents to join us as Mouth Guardians. Of course, you know we are guardians of teeth and you know how we stand against decay and dental neglect. But our big crusade as Mouth Guardians of the Universe means we are committed to custom mouth guards for every child who has embraced school athletics.
Mouth Guardians: Mouth Guards Protecting Athletes of the Universe
This is the time of year we really are on guard for the safety of children’s mouths. Our Mouth Guard crusade has prevented many children from losing teeth and bone. We know we have said it previously. However, we believe our “mania for mouth guards is far better than a mania for maxi-facial surgery for broken bones of the face and cracked off teeth.”
A Special Time for Sports
It is a new season for fall sports. Have you heard the thud of a toe connecting with a football, the squeak of sneakers on the basketball floor? It’s an exciting time.
Our friend, George is a Dad now, but he remembers being a champion
quarterback in his youth, and it was not that many years ago. Whenever he feels the touch of fall in the air and sees his own young sons practicing on the junior high football field, his memories of gridiron days come back.
But, the memories are not all good. Every once in a while, during the season, he’ll wince a bit and rub his jaw. He remembers a rough tackle and a dog pile that bought him a competitor’s knee to his face. The result was a broken jaw and nose and knocked out teeth. He lost 4 front teeth. Of course, he still loves the game, and his sons are avid players now.
However, as a fellow mouth guardian of the universe, he tells them to be very careful. And before practice or a game, he constantly reminds them to pack their mouthguards. Then he rubs his old injured jaw and sucks on his dental implants.
He sometimes thinks of how much straighter his nose would be and how much less his jaw and sinuses would ache, if only he had been wearing a good mouthguard.
Mouth Guardians of the Universe Have a Real Basis
At Dentistry for Children, our obsession for wearing mouthguards has a
real basis and it’s not just in George’s lifelong aches and jaw pains. We appeal to parents with the words of “The American Academy of Otolaryngology. “When a ball hits your upper face, it can fracture the delicate bones around the sinuses and eye sockets, sometimes resulting in vision loss.”
Some parents do not quite understand how extensive the damage of a sports facial injury can be. For example, let’s see what the American Academy of Otolaryngology says about baseball. They write, “When the ball hits your lower face, it may change how your jaw is situated or break your teeth. Nasal injuries can be among the most serious, especially if they result in breathing difficulties.”
Just as our child wears protective equipment within his or her uniform, his or her teeth, tongue, and bone must be protected. Do you know your pediatric dentist brings you the first-line defense from sports of any season?
Here at Dentistry for Children, we present you with the highest quality custom-made mouth-guards. We want you to know there are no two alike. We design each mouthguard to individually jacket every tooth against destruction as well as protect bones and gums.
The Big Objection: Expense
Now, we know a custom mouthguard is more expensive than the mouth guards you find at Big Box stores.
- However, your pediatric dentist makes it fits better.
- And, because a custom-fitted mouthguard is more comfortable, more kids will wear it. (We have also heard they “taste” better.)
- That is why the doctor and his staff have an absolute mania for them.
Our Dedication to Mouthguards: the Truth behind Big Box Mouthguards
Please be aware that, when we tell you about the mouthguards at Dentistry for Children, we are not talking about the over-the-counter mouthguards. We are talking about a very personalized, meticulously- fitted custom mouthguard by Dr. Troy King.
We specifically create it just to guard and support your child’s teeth and mouth. So let’s compare it with a store-bought Mouth Guard:
Store-bought Guard vs. Dentist-created Guard: No Comparison!
Let’s review the requirements of a good mouthguard, according to “The Academy for Sports Dentistry.”
1. Experts mandate that we must make it with 3mm thick material. They require us to use materials that will have “the greatest durability…” They also demand the material will “allow your child to sustain the hardest impacts with the lowest risk of damage…”
2. At Dentistry for Children, we add, that we believe these materials must be comfortable to your child’s mouth, teeth, and gums. And, of course, we construct it on a carefully fitted form we make from a dental mold of your child’s teeth.
3. Notice too, how our custom mouthguards fit the teeth all the way to the back of your child’s mouth, and comfortably. Some Big Box Guards actually do not even go all the way back to cover back teeth. And some brands cover the back teeth so tightly and uncomfortably they initiate the gag reflex. Thus it is no wonder why many children refuse to wear them.
4. As Mouth Guardians of the Universe, we have pledged to properly check, fit, refine and deliver your custom mouthguard with the strictest standards.
Join Our Mouth “Guardianship”
Please do not risk your young athlete’s mouth, teeth, jaws, nose, or face in any sport without a Custom Mouthguard. Did you know the over-the-counter guards are sometimes made with uneven sub-standard material?
We just want you to understand that there is more at stake than a chipped tooth. George, in our story, agrees. Serious damage can happen to teeth and gums can be destroyed. It only takes one sports injury to permanently weaken, distort, and forever alter the bones of the face and jaw.
The Expense of Mouth Guardianship
Recently we discovered that not only expense, but time was an objection to customized mouthguards. They must be cast. Then you must wait. And finally, it must be fitted. In the words of more than one parent, “It all just seems like an awful lot of trouble, bother and fuss.”
Yes, buying Big Box mouthguards might be less time-consuming. However, they are uncomfortable. Likewise, they are often too thin to adequately protect your child’s teeth. And we know you don’t really want your child to wear a mouthguard that could fall out just as he reaches up for a long pass on the football field and the whole defensive line hits him.
Facts Make a Difference for Mouth Guardians
Although the research below was done on a basketball team, we think it is valid for any sport. Let’s review a few of the resulting statistics:
1. Of the surveyed Florida varsity basketball players 31% actually sustained orofacial injuries during the season.
2. 53% had more than one injury during the season.
3. Fewer than 50% of the 1,020 players wore their mouthguards.
4. Only 2 of the injuries did not require professional attention.
So this study points out the dangers in sports, to mouths and teeth, faces, and jaws.
Dr. Nigel Carter OBE is Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation. He said: “In many cases, knocked out teeth, or teeth that have been chipped or damaged through trauma can be avoided by wearing a mouthguard.”
And he adds, “Damage to your mouth can be extremely distressing, and the treatment to fix it might be costly.” Even a slight injury could change your smile.
He also explained, “Mouthguards should not be optional but absolutely essential when it comes to adults and children participating in activities and sports that involve physical contact or fast-moving objects.”
Mouth Guardianship Points to Ponder
When you sign your child up for a sport, we want you to remember three main ideas.
1. As we have stated before, “Ultimately, most parents come to the conclusion that is better to invest in a custom mouth guard now than in oro-facial repair and dental restoration later.”
2. And we must add, “Just remind your child not to lose it.”
3. We are pledged to protect your child’s teeth, gums, and facial bone with the best space-age substance known to technology. (One of our young patients calls his mouthguard “armor for his mouth.” And another patient calls it his super-power.)
4. Additionally, we utilize the highest degree of training and technique available in 21st-century pediatric dentistry.
Finally, please remember, a mouth guard that protects your child’s teeth, mouth, jaws, and facial bone is not expensive—it’s priceless.