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Independence, MO 64055
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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.

April 15, 2017

Custom Made Mouthguards Facial Protection Month

Custom made mouthguards are highly recommended for all sports, including non-contact sports.

April is Facial Protection Awareness month and if you and your family like to participate in recreational sports, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer. Dr. Schaeffer will custom make mouth protectors for your entire family giving everyone much better protection than other types of mouthguards.

According to the American Dental Association, there are three types of mouth protectors:

  • Stock
  • Boil and Bite
  • Custom made

Stock-Although much cheaper than custom made mouthguards, stock mouth protectors are designed to fit everyone, and that’s where the problem starts. There is not a one-size fits all solution and that means a bulky uncomfortable fit that can make it difficult to talk and even breathe

Boil and Bite-Available at your local sporting goods store, boil and bite mouth protectors are warmed up with hot water and placed in the mouth to mold to your teeth. Although slightly better than stock mouth protectors, boil and bite will not last as long and can prove to be just as uncomfortable as the stock mouthguards you bought from the pharmacy.

Custom Made-These types of mouth protectors available from Dr. Schaefer are the best option when it comes to facial protection. Dr. Schaefer will make a mold of your teeth before creating comfortable plastic custom made mouthguards that you will actually want to wear. Although they are a bit more expensive, custom-made mouth protectors will last longer and offer much better protection.

Mouth protectors should be worn for all sports including mountain biking, tennis, squash, water polo, football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. If your son is an avid surfer, or your daughter is on the gymnastics team, a custom-made mouth protector should be part of the uniform.

It’s Facial Protection Month. Protect your entire family and call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Schaefer for custom made mouthguards. After all, wouldn’t you rather enjoy the spring instead of waiting for the doctor because of a blow to the head? Call or click today.

April 15, 2016

Custom Made Mouthguards for the Family

April is National Mouth Protection Month and if you and your kids play any kind of sports, whether recreational, amateur or professional, you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist who can fit you with a custom made mouthguard.

Although mouth protectors are mandatory in some sporting activities, the groups behind National Mouth Protection Month, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons believe that mouthguards should be mandatory in all sports whether group or individual sports. Surfers, people who play racquetball or people who enjoy skateboarding and mountain biking should all wear stock, boil and bite or custom made mouth protectors.

Your dentist explains that one of the most important reasons that you and your kids should wear a mouthguard is that it keeps your teeth safe. Not only does a custom-made mouth protector keep your teeth from breaking or fracturing, but a mouth protector can also help protect your teeth against tooth displacement or a knockout. Mouthguards are essential if you want to protect yourself and your family against soft tissue damage.

There are three types of mouth protectors, stock, boil and bite and custom made.

Stock-Although a stock mouthguard will provide you with some protection stock mouth protectors can be uncomfortable making it difficult to talk and sometimes breathe because you constantly have to bite down on a stock mouth protector.

Boil and Bite-Boil and Bite mouthguards are better than stock as you place them in boiling water to mold to your teeth and gums, however, these types of mouth protectors can also be bulky and uncomfortable.

A custom-made mouthguard is the best defense against a blow to the head as custom-made mouthguards are made from an impression taken of your own teeth and gums. Once made your mouth protector will fit perfectly giving you the protection you need.

Take care of your family’s mouth this spring and schedule an appointment with your dentist for custom-made mouthguards for everyone.

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