Mouth Guards – Fort Collins Pediatric Dentistry

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“Wow, March went quick. Funny that I see flowers coming up and also the edges of lawns greening up. Our family began it’s travel for boys Lacrosse earlier this week and had been treated with a gorgeous stadium setting within the DU campus; the children scrimmaged a Denver team at half time. Such a blast!

Our topic this month is really a revisiting of sports mouth guards. I’ve been really busy making custom mouthguards for my son’s teammates, so sports and pediatric dentistry Fort Collins is very relevant!

Very first the stats, about 7% of er visits are as a result of injuries to the head and neck and most of these are related to the jaws and teeth. A knocked out permanent tooth will cost around $15,000 to replace and preserve over the person’s lifetime. Acquiring hit in the mouth with a stick or elbow or ball is painful and potentially disfiguring. I treat plenty of these injuries each and every year, and absolutely NONE have occurred whenever a mouthguard was being worn.

Most of the hang ups about mouthguards are in two camps. The first is our conventional beliefs. We feel particular sports will need them and others don’t. Football and hockey call for mouthguards along with Lacrosse so injuries are way down (locker room and backyard play not included) as compared to basketball, soccer and volley ball. The second complaint is that a kid can’t talk or breathe nicely having a mouthguard in place; this complaint is 1 with design of the mouthguard or simply a kid negotiating.

Mouthguards can be found in 3 flavors, non-moldable, boil and bites, and custom created. This market has exploded in recent years together with the explosion of interest in alternative and girls sports. And, like any enterprise, there will probably be firms that prey upon the fears of parents or our fascination with technology. I can’t believe the costs and marketing that enters into a few of these items. We now have colors, injection molding for shock absorption, straps, bumps and alternatives of upper and lowers, wow!

I believe all that hype is simply hype. I’ve heard of no credible, scientific source which has shown the amazing features to be any safer than the a lot more traditional flexible, single ply mouthguards. I used to advocate for the non moldable varieties for kids in braces along with the boil and bite mouthguards for youngsters until they get all permanent teeth. Although that is still the most beneficial suggestions to save funds, the money you are saving is truly minimal when compared to comfort and functionality of the custom made mouthguard.

Mouth guards demand an even layer of soft plastic between your teeth and a flange that covers the whole facial surface of the tooth and ends along the fixed or keratinized gum tissue. Most commercial mouthguards have too thick of a biting surface and do not go far enough above the teeth. These elements figure out the protection from a blow to the jaws and direct blow to the teeth. Having a blow to the jaws, the less far apart the jaws are, the less the jaw is translated out of its resting “socket” and at risk of dislocation injury. Fat, fancy mouthguards are acceptable for blows DIRECTLY beneath the chin moving only vertically, but that basically isn’t where most blows occur!

The flange of the guard needs to go above the teeth for two factors, protect the teeth and provide retention to the guard. The fact is if the mouthguard does not fit tight enough for a kid to talk with it in and forget about it within the mouth, they’ll continually be readjusting and messing around with it. I just saw a picture in the national Lacrosse magazine of this college kid making a play with his mouthguard half outside his mouth, ridiculous! That’s also why I do not like straps on mouthguards, if the mouthguard can hang out of the mouth, it will! So in the final analysis, I am pushing for custom made mouthguards through your dentist (or your friendly Fort Collins pediatric dentist). They’re the qualified men and women to create a well fitting mouthguard. I charge $35 bucks. That no longer seems that much in relation to cleats, helmets, pads or other protective equipment. For kids with braces, rope wax might be affixed to the braces before the dental impression, so a custom mouthguard could be created without disturbing braces progression. And then for very best retention, upper mouthguards are the very best, without doubt. Call me pushy, but if you’re on my son’s team, I created them for free – I really feel they are that critical even for fourth graders!

A mom / coach just related a story to me a while back. 1 of her volleyball youngsters took a direct blow to the face with a ball. She was in braces at the time which saved her teeth but made hamburger out of her lips from becoming cut by the braces. She barely made it through the season for anxiety about becoming hit once more, and she didn’t go out for volleyball again. The cost of a mouthguard could have saved that kid from a poor encounter and possibly changed the way she views sports in the future.

I hope that offers you food for thought. I want to help you raise healthy, happy children, so call me or write for any questions you may have.”

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