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March 15, 2018

A Custom Made Mouthguard for Better Protection

A custom made mouthguard is the best way to keep you and your family safe all year round, but especially now that spring is just around the corner. Once Mother Nature has decided to warm things up everyone wants to spend more time outside playing sports. Some play Little League while others ride with a mountain biking group once a month. Whatever you play, Dr. David Schaefer recommends a custom made mouth protector to keep you on the field and out of the hospital.

All sports, whether recreational or professional should include a custom made mouth protector with the rest of the uniform. A mouthguard is just as important as a helmet and kneepads whether you enjoy racquetball three times a week or can’t wait to hit the water on your wakeboard. Whatever sport you play, a custom made mouth protector is the only way to go if you want to protect your mouth against oral injuries.

There are three types of mouth protectors available:

1. Conventional
2. Boil and Bite
3. Custom Made

Conventional or standard mouth protectors offer users a one size all approach to mouth protection. Because they are the same for everyone, they can be bulky and useless, especially when they are left in the locker. Conventional mouth protectors are uncomfortable and make it impossible to talk or even breathe making athletes less likely to wear it.

Boil and Bite mouthguards will give you a bit more protection than a conventional one, but not much. These are used by placing in hot water before putting in your mouth and biting down. Boil and Bite mouthguards can be just as uncomfortable as standard mouth protectors and unfortunately don’t give you the same protection as a custom made mouth protector from your Dentist in Independence.

Custom Made mouthguards are made to fit your teeth and no one else’s. Dr. Schaefer will make an impression of your teeth before making a mouth protector that will fit like a glove. Custom made mouthguards are comfortable, thin, and provide the best protection against mouth injuries.

This spring keep you and your family safe with a custom made mouthguard. You’ll be glad you did.

Call or click for a custom made mouthguard appointment today.

July 15, 2015

Don’t Use your Teeth for That!

Most people are aware that teeth are meant for biting and chewing, but unfortunately, there are some folks who use their teeth for a multitude of things. Those things, including chewing on pen caps, can cause serious damage to teeth and gums.

The American Dental Association explains that good oral health habits, such as brushing twice, flossing once each day, seeing your dentist regularly and a enjoying a healthy diet are all part of taking good care of your teeth and gums, but what you do when you are not eating, brushing or flossing can cause real problems.

You use your teeth to chew and tear food, however, there are quite a few people who have forgotten or simply neglect what they should or shouldn’t be using their teeth for.

Although it may sound ridiculous, there are plenty of folks who have attempted to open a glass bottle, or even a plastic one, with their teeth. This party trick could end up with a trip to your emergency dentist. Although teeth are just as strong as bones, you should never use them to open a bottle. Your teeth may not chip the first time you attempt this, but they will eventually. Grab the bottle opener and try something else for your next party trick.

That bag of potato chips can be annoying to open, especially if you have been struggling for a second or two. It may be tempting to open the bag up with your teeth, but if you do, you could injure yourself. Paper cuts and cuts on your gums can happen because of the sharp edges on the package. The same goes for any type of package. Grab a pair of scissors or a knife and leave your teeth alone.

Professional and even recreational sporting activities can get rough. Even individual sports such as skateboarding, surfing, and gymnastics can be dangerous to your teeth and gums. Your dentist recommends that you schedule an appointment for a custom-made mouthguard to protect your teeth if you participate in any type of sporting activity. Mouth protectors are especially helpful if a fist or tennis racquet should connect with your mouth or jaw. Without a custom-made mouthguard, you could end up knocking a tooth out.

One of the worst things that you can do to your teeth is chew on ice. Ice is meant for your mouth, but should never be chewed. Chewing and chomping on ice will eventually chip your teeth, or cause problems for your fillings.

If you would like more information regarding what you should and shouldn’t put in your mouth, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.

April 15, 2015

Time for National Face Protection Month

April first was the beginning of National Face Protection month and that means stock, boil and bite or custom-made mouthguards for you and your kids.

Mouthguards are an essential part of the uniform whether you and your family like to surf, mountain bike or roller blade, and although most group sports such as baseball, football, hockey and soccer are urging parents, coaches and caregivers to have their kids and themselves fitted for a custom made mouthguard, some haven’t scheduled an appointment with their dentist.

Recent research indicates that around two percent of young children and adolescents who play some type of sports will incur a facial injury at some point with the majority of those injuries requiring medical attention.

According to the Academy of Sports Dentistry, a mouthguard is essential as it can help prevent broken, displaced, or knocked out teeth. Mouthguards can also help prevent bone and tissue injuries around the teeth. Mouth protectors are also used to help prevent TMJ and lower jaw injuries. Tooth loss not only causes financial loss, but can also be a real emotional and psychological blow as well.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Policy on Prevention says that the accidents that occur in sports account for a whopping ten to thirty nine percent of dental injuries in kids with most caused by direct hits with another player, a ball or a puck.

The American Dental Association recommends that you wear a mouthguard whenever you participate in a sport as they cost less than injury repair. Although you can purchase stock, boil and bite or custom made mouth protectors; it is recommended that you be fitted for a custom-made mouthguard as it is specially made to fit your teeth and gums. Stock mouthguards, boil, and bite mouthguards are less expensive, but can be make it difficult to speak or even breathe.

During National Face Protection Month, provide you and your kids with helmets as they will help absorb on impact and can prevent head damage. Make sure that eyes are protected and you and your family have 20/20 vision while participating in sports and don’t forget to include face shields as part of the uniform.

Your dentist advises that you and your family wear protective face and mouth gear for the following sports and recreational activities:

  • Acrobatics
  • Bandy
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Boxing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Field Events
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Ice Hockey
  • Inline Skating
  • Lacrosse

Other sports where protective mouth and face gear should be worn include:

  • Martial Arts
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby
  • Shot Put
  • Skateboarding
  • Skiing
  • Skydiving
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Surfing
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

Keep you and your family safe and schedule an appointment with your dentist for a custom-made mouthguard today.

3904 South Lynn Court, Independence, MO 64055 USA
David A. Schaefer, DDS Independence MO dentist (816) 252-0055