Word of Mouth: Guard your mouth this sports season

Word of Mouth: Guard your mouth this sports season

NO MATTER the season, there’s always a variety of sports for kids and adults to participate in and enjoy. While the safety equipment requirements for many sports have increased over the years to prevent risk and injury, there’s one area that could use a bit more attention from the cheering section: the mouth guard.

Even if the sporting activities you participate in are those that don’t traditionally require a mouth guard, it’s still recommended by your dentist that adults and children wear a mouth guard to decrease the risk of oral injuries.

THE DANGERS

Even with simple sports or physical activities like jogging, softball or jumping rope, falling is a common danger. An oral injury is very possible, and such injuries could include damage to the tongue, teeth, and the face. Oftentimes, oral injuries require stitches and/or surgery.

MOUTH GUARD BENEFITS

First, while mouth guards are not required in many sports or physical activities, they are much less expensive than the medical and dental bills that accompany an oral injury. Second, they are easy to use and allow for speech and breathing. Lastly, they have been proven to significantly decrease the risk of oral injuries, saving both children and adults from injury, pain, and scarring.

CHOOSING A MOUTH GUARD

One-size-fits-all mouth guards are available over-the-counter for both kids and adults for a minimal price. Additionally, your dentist can make a customized mouth guard that allows for better speech, breathing, and overall comfort.

Word of Mouth is sponsored by Midtown Dental.

CREDIT

column by DR. WILLIAM NERESTANT

BIO: William Nerestant, DDS, received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Detroit/Mercy School of Dentistry in Michigan. After serving and being recognized for his meritorious service in the Air Force as an officer in the Dental Corps, he currently serves patients at Midtown Dental in Lakeland. For more information, visit www.mymidtowndental.com or call (863) 226-0987.

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