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April is National Facial Protection Month

April is National Facial Protection Month




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


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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Children and Dental X rays

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Dental X rays types and reasons why kids need them 

Bite wing X rays

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The purpose of bite wing X rays (radiographs) is to allow dentists to see decay in between the teeth. These images let the doctor see what cannot be seen by the naked eye. Decay, the beginning signs of decay and other potential problems can be seen with this type of X ray. The first bite wing X rays are usually taken around the ages 5 to 6 years old. This is when children get their first permanent molars.

 Occlusal X rays

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Occlusal X rays show the roof or floor of the mouth. Our office takes this type of X ray between the ages of 3 to 5 years old. We are looking for any abnormalities. If your child has had any trauma to the face and teeth, we would take this type of X ray. The doctor would be checking for damage to permanent teeth still below the gum line.

 Panoramic X ray


Panoramic films show the pediatric dentist and the orthodontist many things at once. This type of X ray reveals if your child has missing permanent teeth, if your child has extra teeth, eruption pattern, bone health, impacted teeth, the TMJ, and shows the doctors conditions such as crowding. An orthodontist uses a panoramic X ray to help determine if a patient needs braces. This type of X ray is not for diagnosing cavities.

 Cephalometric X ray

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If your child needs braces or any orthodontic treatment, the orthodontist will use a CEPH X ray to diagnose misalignment of the jaw and bite problems. This film is also used to monitor growth and development of the jaws in relationship to the teeth.

Dental X rays are very safe and expose your child to a minimal amount of radiation. Golden Kids Dental and Orthodontics uses the RVG 6100 size 0 sensor designed specifically for pediatric patients. This sensor has up to 40% less radiation when compared to the size 1 sensor. Our settings are set for children and we protect our little patients with a lead apron that includes the neck collar to protect the thyroid.