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April is National Facial Protection Month

April is National Facial Protection Month

 

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Soccer, skiing, football, karate, hockey and mountain biking. You name it, kids play it. Living in the foothills of active Colorado is a joy. The simple act of wearing a mouth guard can reduce dental injuries in children. When trauma occurs to the face, the teeth and jaw can be effected. It is very important to bring your child in to see a pediatric dentist for an exam and possibly X rays if a dental injury has occurred from facial trauma.

Mouth Guards

Mouth guards are very important to protect the teeth during sports and some activities like mountain biking. There are a few types to choose from.

Custom made. We do not recommend a custom mouth guard until all permanent teeth are present. This is because custom mouth guards can be expensive. You do not want to have one made that will not fit in the near future due to primary (baby) teeth falling out. 

Mouth formed or "boil and bite". Cost effective and available from sporting good stores. This type of mouth guard provides a better individual fit than a stock mouth guard. This type is also recommended for those wearing braces and receiving orthodontic treatment

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Stock or commercial mouth guards. Sold in the majority of sporting good or convenient stores. Inexpensive and easy to replace.

Because different sports involve different levels of risk. Talk with your pediatric dentist or orthodontist about  choosing the right mouth guard for your child and their sport. Choosing to combine a mouth guard and helmet with face guard is the best prevention with some sports.

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