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Tips for Protecting Braces While Playing Sports

Tips for Protecting Braces While Playing Sports

A mouth guard is an essential piece of equipment for any young athlete, but especially important for those who are wearing braces. A mouth injury could be made worse on the field if it affects the braces, potentially hindering the progress of treatment. At Edinburg Family Dentistry, we look out for the oral health of our patients. Here are a few tips for how to keep braces safe while playing sports.

Wear a mouth guard

Mouth guards can be made to fit easily over braces and other orthodontic equipment. They are effective for protecting against injuries such as a knocked-out tooth, a tooth fracture, a tooth pushed into the gums, and damage to the braces themselves.

Pick the right type of mouth guard

There are three types of mouth guards: boil-and-bite, pre-molded, and custom-fitted. A pre-molded mouth guard is the cheapest option, but generally will not fit very well, especially over braces. Boil-and-bite mouth guards offer a little more customization, but the most comfortable – and effective – choice is a custom-made mouth guard provided by your dentist.

Make wearing a mouth guard fun

Because they’re not the most comfortable thing to wear, it can be a challenge to get your child to wear their mouth guard consistently. Help make it more enjoyable by getting it in fun colors or with their team logo put on it. Some companies even offer flavored mouth guards, such as bubblegum and strawberry. Once they are in the practice of wearing a mouth guard, it’ll be easy for them to remember to put it on during practices and games.

Know how to take care of a mouth guard properly

Mouth guards need to be cleaned after each use. Simple rinsing with soap and warm water is enough. If you’re worried about losing it, look for ones that come with a strap that allow it to be attached to a helmet. Carrying cases are useful for storage in a gym bag.

Know when to go to the emergency room

If your child has, unfortunately, suffered an oral injury, it may not actually require a trip to the emergency room. Examine the injury. If you can get the bleeding to stop, and it looks like the braces have not been damaged, there is no gaping wound, and your child is not in an inordinate amount of pain, you can probably skip the emergency room. Dislocated or repositioned teeth will require a visit to an oral surgeon and if the braces have been damaged, you will need to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist.

By taking care of the braces, you can ensure that your child’s orthodontic treatment will progress as it should. The professionals at Edinburg Family Dentistry are here to assist you.

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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.