The Importance of Mouthguards in Sports Safety

The Importance of Mouthguards in Sports Safety

Do you or your child regularly engage in active sports? Mouthguards help to protect your teeth and mouth from damage caused by the trauma that can be caused by sports contact. Edinburg Family Dentistry wants your family to enjoy keeping active. This is why our dentists recommend mouthguards to be used during high-impact sports. Continue reading to learn about the importance of mouthguards in sports safety.

Do I need a mouthguard?

How do you know if you or a member of your family is in need of a mouthguard? Mouthguards assist in protecting your mouth from injuries caused by a wide range of sports. If you are contemplating investing in a mouthguard, then we recommend you to personally speak to one of the dentists on our team for more information. Many schools will require mouthguards for certain sports such as hockey or football. They act as a buffer to your teeth and mouth that protect them from impact. In fact, they even help to limit the damage caused by a concussion. Investing in a mouthguard for your child is a wise choice!

What to keep in mind when choosing & using the right mouthguard.

There are a variety of mouthguards available for use. Stock mouthguards can easily be found in most sports stores and provide sufficient protection. Boil and mouth bite mouthguards can be customized to each patient’s smile for a snug and comfortable fit. They provide maximum protection. Contact our clinic for more information on a custom-fit mouthguard.

How are mouth guards used?

It is important to use mouthguards during all sports activities to prevent damage to your teeth. Clean your mouthguard with a regular toothbrush and toothpaste and store it in a ventilated container to avoid bacteria. Call our clinic today for further information!

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.