Guard That Healthy Smile…

Healthy Smile Logo_RGBby Dr. Louis Malcmacher of The Healthy SmileMalcmacher-Edelstein

It’s that beautiful time of the year again and it is called spring in all of its glory. Trees and flowers and just about everything is blooming. This is my favorite time of the year to drive down Wolf Road with all of the those trees hanging over and really starting to fill out.

While I was driving to work, I heard a discussion on the radio about LeBron James. Being a dentist, I always look at peoples’ smiles. LeBron has a good one. Being an avid basketball fan, I also notice that during the season that LeBron, as do many other professional NBA players, will wear a mouth guard. Indeed, you can see them often chewing on their mouth guard and flipping it in their mouths. Most of the players wear one. The reason is simple, an elbow to the mouth from an opposing player can easily break or knock out some teeth. For some reason, the NBA basketball players do not want to look like hockey players.

Spring is here and that means that sports are in full swing from peewee league to high school and college. Schools are playing and practicing for basketball, hockey, baseball and softball, football, soccer and a whole host of other sports, whether for boys or for girls.

I ask every single child or young person who comes through our office whether or not they wear a mouth guard when they play sports. I am amazed at how many do not. A broken tooth that may need a root canal or a lost tooth due to a sports injury is forever. Do you really think it was worth making that lay up or taking a hit to the mouth that will impair your smile and chewing ability for the rest of your life? The answer is obviously, “No”.

I urge all parents and grandparents to make sure that young people are wearing mouth guards during sports. They all want to be like the professional players anyway and all of the professionals know what it takes to protect themselves. We, as well as every other dentist in town, make sports mouth guards. So the time is now to have one made!

You can always see us for a free consultation about any of your dental needs. Call us today at 440-892-1810. We are here to help you smile.

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