3 Ways Mouthguards Prevent Kids’ Sports Injuries

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At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we treat dental emergencies caused by sports injuries. These include knocked-out teeth, broken teeth, and mouth lacerations.

Many of these injuries could have been prevented (or rendered less severe) with the proper protective gear.

All athletes who participate in contact sports are in jeopardy of injuries to their mouths and teeth. It doesn’t matter if you are a professional athlete or a 6-year-old playing youth soccer.

When it comes to protecting your mouth, a custom-fitted mouthguard is an integral piece of athletic gear that should be used from an early age.

What age group has the most injuries?

8- to 12-year-old kids who participate in basketball, hockey, baseball, soccer, rugby, football, and lacrosse are typically most affected by lost or damaged teeth. But even those that participate in non-contact sports like skateboarding, mountain biking, or climbing can benefit from wearing a custom mouthguard.

Mouthguards are made of strong, flexible materials that are designed to protect your teeth, gum, and jaw in case of an impact. A mouthguard forms a protective layer between your teeth and the point of impact. The following are three important ways a mouthguard can protect you while playing sports.

Absorb Force

Any bump to the face or jaw involves force or energy. A mouthguard absorbs some of the energy, ensuring that the potential harm caused by the impact is limited. The cushioning effect of a mouthguard can prevent your teeth from being slammed together. By absorbing force, mouthguards can also help prevent jaw fractures and neck trauma.

Prevent Broken Teeth

Another benefit of using a mouthguard is that it disperses the energy directed at the teeth. For example, if you are hit in the mouth with a hockey stick, the mouthguard spreads out the energy that accompanies the impact. This can prevent broken teeth by minimizing the chance that a single tooth will take the whole brunt of the force.

Avoid Lip and Tongue Injuries

Mouthguards cover the upper teeth entirely. This creates a functional barrier between your teeth and the rest of your mouth. This decreases the chance of lip and tongue injuries by making it harder for your teeth to cut your lip or your tongue.

With a tailor-made mouthguard, you will make sure you get an effective and comfortable fit. It makes playing sports safer for your smile.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Don’t Underestimate The Importance of Retainers

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The retention phase is an essential milestone. When you’re ready for an orthodontic retainer, the slow, challenging work of moving teeth is over.

Your smile looks extraordinary, but stay with the program.

There is still a lot going on behind the scenes—under the gums. Your jawbone, muscles, and soft tissues are adapting. This takes a while.

What is a Retainer?

A retainer is a custom-made appliance that helps teeth maintain their new position after orthodontic treatment. Retainers may be removable or fixed in the mouth.

Patients who neglect to wear their retainers are at risk. Their beautifully-aligned teeth may shift. If your bite was corrected during treatment, it may revert back to the original condition.

Follow Dr, Gray’s Recommendations

Your dentist will prescribe a schedule for wearing your retainer. Your orthodontic treatment plan is unique. It may differ from that of other patients.

What If I Lose My Retainer?

Occasionally, patients lose their retainers. If this happens, contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry ASAP for a replacement. We understand that life can get hectic. We urge you not to let weeks pass without getting a replacement retainer.

We teach our patients how to care for their retainer. It’s helpful if parents reinforce this training at home for their kids undergoing treatment.

Keep Your Retainer Clean

After eating, clean the retainer with a toothbrush. Brush it carefully with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You can use denture cleaner regularly for a deeper clean.

If your teen has a cell phone, set an alert to remind them to clean their retainer. While you’re at it, set an alert reminding them to keep the retainer in its case when not in use.

Keep Your New Smile Clean!

If it’s important to clean your retainer, it’s no surprise that it’s even more important to clean your beautiful new smile. It will be more straightforward now that the braces are off.

Practice proper oral hygiene. This includes brushing after meals and flossing at least once a day. Flossing and brushing before bed ensures that bits of food don’t sit on teeth all night. For extra cavity prevention, use a fluoride rinse before going to sleep. Saliva is necessary to neutralize acids and rinse bits of food off of teeth.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Best Practices For a Healthy, Beautiful Smile in La Mesa

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Even if you value a beautiful smile in La Mesa, it’s easy to become somewhat neglectful about smile-friendly lifestyle choices. In today’s post, our goal is for you to analyze where you stand and think about whether you could step it up a notch. Committing to oral health best practices can prevent future problems and help you maintain a beautiful smile in La Mesa.

Best Practice for Brushing

Good: Brush teeth once a day.
Better: Brush teeth thoroughly after each meal.
Best: Brush after each meal and floss thoroughly before bed.

Best Practice for Dental Checkups

Good: See your dentist if you get a toothache.
Better: See Dr. Gray once a year even if you don’t notice any dental troubles.
Best: Twice-yearly, have a comprehensive dental exam and professional dental cleaning at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry.

Best Practice for a White Smile

Good: Use a whitening toothpaste.
Better: Use a whitening product at home.
Best: Schedule an in-office tooth bleaching procedure.

Best Practice for Smile-Friendly Nutrition

Good: Eat a wholesome diet.
Better: Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary snacks and beverages.
Best: Eat a nutritious diet, limit between-meal snacking, eat lots of calcium-rich foods, limit sugar-filled foods, abstain from energy drinks and soda, and sip water throughout the day to keep acid at bay.

Best Practice for For Young Smiles

Good: Never put your child to bed with a bottle. When your toddler starts drinking from sippy-cup, don’t let them sip juice or milk all day.
Better: Follow the previous guidance and schedule his/her first dental checkup before the first birthday.
Best: In addition, communicate with Dr. Gray about dental sealants when your child is young. When your little athlete starts participating in sports, make sure they wear a protective mouth guard. Set a good example of daily dental hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices.

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve a beautiful smile in La Mesa. We invite you to call 619-337-7700 to schedule an appointment. Our practice offers services such as dental crowns, TMJ treatment, and dental implants. We look forward to meeting you.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942


Protect Your Young Athlete’s Teeth

Do you have a son or daughter that plays youth sports? Soccer, baseball, football, and basketball can be very dangerous for your child’s teeth. A mouth guard from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa can make a all the difference.

Football is a violent contact sport, yet there is a relatively low rate of tooth injuries that occur in football as compared to other contact sports. Why? Football players are required to wear a mouth guard and a helmet.

Inexpensive athletic dental mouth guards are worth their weight in gold!

If your child participates in a contact sport and does not currently wear a mouth guard, we recommend that you pick up an appropriately-sized mouth guard and make sure they wear it. They are available at most Ladera Ranch athletic supply stores. Some dentists make custom-made athletic mouthguards that deliver even better protection than the one-size-fits-all brands.

At Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa, we can get your child fitted with a custom mouth guard. We also provide dental implants, along with general dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942