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Mouth guards may help protect kids during sports season
Updated: 10/20/2011 11:00:00 AM
 

 For dentists, this can be a time where they see many missing and broken teeth due to people not taking the time to make sure their mouth guard fits properly. Fall school sports are now at there most critical time, especially as football players gear up for games before Thanksgiving. For dentists, this can be a time where they see many missing and broken teeth due to people not taking the time to make sure their mouth guard fits properly. Dental injuries are the most common and preventable forms of sports accidents. 

"Consistently wearing a properly fitted mouth guard can eliminate or greatly reduce the severity of a dental injury. A simple rule of thumb is if a sport requires any type of protective equipment to be worn, a mouth guard should be included as well - for both practice and game time," said Shelley Wakefield, D.D.S.

A mouth guard not only protects teeth, but the cheeks and lips as well, which can also be damaged through sports-related injuries. The dental expert reported that the best kind of mouth guards are the "boil and bite" kind, because they provide the best fit.

No one wants to go to the emergency room for a dental injury, which is why it's important to have a regular dentist.  

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