Summer tooth woes
With summer in full swing, several postcards from summer vacations have arrived in the mail from our patients. Every year we see a couple teeth chipped, maybe a little plaque buildup from brushing less in the care-free season, but these are just the kind of happenings that don’t worry parents too much.
In years past we witnessed quite a few lips cut up on braces during sports. That sort of unavoidable scrape came with the turf, but there are fewer these days because of alternatives in orthodontics, prevention, and awareness.
Protect your teeth the first time
If your son or daughter plays soccer, basketball, baseball, soccer, or other contact sport, there’s no reason to risk those young and healthy teeth on a summer accident.
Wear mouth guards
Insist they protect their mouths at all times with a mouth guard. If they’re the sneaky type, have a candid conversation with their coach. A little concern goes a long way. Even if they’re not following your directions all the time, simply being aware will put them in better habits for life. If all forewarning doesn’t seem to take any effect, ask us for our before-and-after pictures of restorative dental procedures (don’t show the kids the afters, of course.) Scare tactics are not fun and games, really. Though the dentists at Manhattan Dental Spa excel at such restorative dentistry as dental implants it doesn’t make us smile to have to do such on underage patients.
For Invisalign patients
Invisalign aligners should be worn during sports unless the contact sport requires a mouth guard.
At our office, we recall parents calling in the middle of summer, frantically asking for another mold to replace the retainer their boy or girl misplaced at camp. Well, that’s mostly a thing of the past, but be sure to keep your aligner trays with you!