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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, 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.

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