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Visit Texas Dental Specialists, a Family Dentist in Plano to Protect Your Child from Injury

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Visit Texas Dental Specialists today to fit your child for a mouthguard. When your child plays sports, it is easy to think of the equipment you need to get in order to protect them from danger on the playing field. You think of shoulder and knee pads, shin guards, and even jock straps, but sometimes one of the most important forms of protective gear is forgotten, the mouthguard. Many of our patients come in for a visit after their mouth has been injured from a blow to the face. We want to help you prevent this issue from happening before painful or complicated damage occurs.

Reasons Your Child Should Wear a Mouthguard

Save money now by getting the child a mouthguard before damage occurs. The cost of dental repairs and teeth implants from sports injuries is far more expensive than buying a store bought mouthguard or even a custom-created mouthguard today. Since a mouthguard consists of a rubberized or plastic material, it has more flexibility and cushion than a normal dental structure. When the child receives a blow to the face, he or she will not sustain as much of an injury if wearing a mouthguard.

The mouthguard will absorb most of the blow due to its cleverly created structure. A mouthguard can help the child avoid painful and serious jaw breaks, hard to repair tooth chips and cracks, costly tooth loss, and the need for sutures to repair an oral tissue tear. The parent will also save him or herself from being held liable if another child runs into the parent's and suffers an injury from a collision with sharp teeth.

Ways to Get a Mouthguard for Your Child

There are three main types of mouth guards available for the child. Parents can get a pre-packaged read-to-wear mouthguard for an inexpensive price. These mouth guards do provide some protection, but the levels are low in comparison with other mouth guards. Since the guard is available in generic small, medium, or large sizes, it is hard to find the right option for a child. These mouth guards can be bulky, and they tend to slide around in their mouth.

Parents can also get a mouthguard that they can boil to make the material more malleable. The parent then forms the mouthguard to the child's teeth. These mouth guards tend to fit more snuggly and provide a little more protection, but they are still slightly bulky. For the best fit and the most comprehensive protection, we encourage you to visit us, as a family dentist in Plano, for a customized mouthguard for your child.

This option is slightly more expensive, but the fit and protection level will make it worth it. You will be pleased with the comfort level and wearability of the mouthguard we provide, and your child will be protected while he or she plays any number of sports.

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Whatever forms of protection you decide are best for your child, we hope you also include a mouthguard. Sports are a great form of exercise and fun, but they can quickly lead to harmful results without the proper protective gear. Visit Texas Dental Specialists, to learn more about how to have a proper mouthguard created.

There are Multiple Benefits to Visiting our Family Dentist Office

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What is the importance of a family dentist? There are many ways to answer this question, but perhaps the best way is to pose another question: “Why not have a family dentist?” A family dentist is someone who provides services to the entire family, creating a number of intrinsic benefits common to many service providers who service an entire family. From a dentist point of view, it is even more beneficial when you take into consideration how many people suffer from dental anxiety. We strongly encourage our families to take advantage of the fact that we are a family dentist and to come in together, whenever possible, for routine maintenance and cleaning. What the families who do this have discovered is that when they make it a family habit to visit us, the entire family stays healthier and they have an overall improvement in their oral health and hygiene. In addition, kids learn very young to trust and rely on the family dentist for any dental
health needs they may have, much the same way as families have learned to rely on the family general practitioner. As the familiarity between us and your family improves, so too will that critical trust factor, which is something family dentists rely on very heavily.

Consider it from a child's perspective for a second. Coming to a medical service center of any type is something naturally scary for a child. There are unfamiliar surroundings, strange sounds and smells, and the innate fear of the unknown. When, however, you add in the smiling face of a trusted family practitioner in the form of your family dentist, much of that anxiety dissipates. Since the child has previously seen this person as a friend and someone who treats Mom
or Dad, they are no longer as concerned about the procedures or what goes on in the chair. Additionally, we have discovered that parents who make it a habit to come in with their children are also more inclined to trust the dentist and have their own oral health needs taken care of.

Besides the ability to build trust with the family, there are other very tangible benefits for a family who sees a family dentist. The first among these is the ability to save time. When you have different services providers for different members of the family, you will find yourself juggling schedules and driving from place to place to ensure everyone is getting what they need. On the other hand, when the entire family sees the same family dentist, we are able to provide you with all the services under one roof. For general services from fillings to extractions and from
cleanings to x-rays, we are able to offer all of that in the clinic, so you do not have to go anywhere else. In a the same vein, families do not want to be juggling schedules, so we have a booking system that allows you to book each other's appointments in congruence or relationship with each other. This way, when you and the family come in to see the family dentist, all your bases are covered at the same time.

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