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Best Mouthguard to Help Prevent Dental Injuries

08/31/15 COMMENTS 0

MouthguardWhen it comes to protecting your teeth while playing contact sports, a mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear. Studies have shown that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth if they’re not wearing a mouthguard. While collision and contact sports, such as boxing, are higher-risk sports for the mouth, you can experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics and skating.

There are three types of mouthguards:

  • Custom-fitted. These are made by the dentist for you personally. They are more expensive than the other versions, but because they are customized, usually offer the best fit.
  • Stock. These are inexpensive and come pre-formed, ready to wear. Unfortunately, they often don’t fit very well. They can be bulky and can make breathing and talking difficult.
  • Boil and bite. These mouth protectors can be bought at many sporting goods stores and drugstores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. They are first softened in water (boiled), then inserted and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth.

A custom fitted mouthguard may be especially important for people who wear braces or have fixed bridge work. A hit to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. A mouthguard also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, limiting the risk of soft tissue injuries.

Talk to your dentist or orthodontist about selecting a mouthguard that will provide the best protection. Although mouthguards typically only cover the upper teeth, your dentist or orthodontist may suggest that you use a mouthguard on the lower teeth if you have braces on these teeth too.

If you have a retainer or other removable appliance, do not wear it during contact sports.

Some tips for caring for your mouthguard:

  • rinse before and after each use or brush with a toothbrush and toothpaste
  • occasionally clean the mouthguard in cool, soapy water and rinse thoroughly
  • transport the mouthguard in a sturdy container that has vents
  • never leave the mouthguard in the sun or in hot water
  • check for wear and tear to see if it needs replacing

Please contact us if you have specific questions or would like to make an appointment for a custom-fitted mouthguard.

NYS School Dental Health Certificates

08/24/15 COMMENTS 0

Merry at Smallwood Drive Elementary School

Moore Family Dental is happy to assist families in Western New York with the school dental health certificate forms.  For your convenience, here is a copy of the dental health certificate form.

For all New York State residents with children entering grade K, 2, 4, 7, or 10 you should be familiar with the school dental health certificate policy.  In 2007, NYS passed a law requiring New York State public schools to ask students for a dental health certificate.  Schools must also provide a list of dentists which provide free or reduced cost dental examinations.

The underlying goal of this program is to ensure the health and well-being of each student and to help establish a dental home.  According to the New York State Education Department, “only about 50% of school aged children visit a dentist once a year”.  That’s an alarming statistic for this day and age.  Here are two additional factoids which support this program:

  • More than 51 million school hours are lost each year because of dental-related illness
  • Tooth decay remains one of the most common childhood diseases- 5 times as common as asthma

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please complete the brief form below.

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