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By DR. REGGIE THOMAS
May 11, 2018
Category: CHILDREN

 

 

 

 

 

Sports are great for children for a variety of reasons. Children can develop their motor skills, learn how to solve conflicts and work together, and develop their work ethics.  As a parent, you may recognize the benefits of sports, but also naturally be concerned about your child's health and safety.   Your job goes far beyond providing a water bottle and making sure that your child follows the rules of the game. 

Although your kid's smile may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are considering their sporting activities, accidents are common and can affect your children's teeth for the rest of their lives.  A stray hockey stick, an errant basketball, or a misguided dive after a volleyball are a few examples of the different ways that a child could possibly lose a tooth.  In fact, studies show that young athletes lose more than three million teeth each year.

Becoming a better athlete or mastering the skills to compete at an elite level are not just about winning.  They are also about safety.  Young athletes who are better ball-handlers and who are careful to avoid fouls and penalties are less likely to have harmful contact with the ball, teammates, or other opponents.  Children who are better roller-bladers are less likely to take a face plant into the blacktop, and more likely to save their teeth.  Being a good sport and avoiding unnecessary contact is also another way to protect teeth.

If your child is in a sport that poses a high threat to teeth, it is essential for your child to wear a mouthguard.  Mouthguards fit your child's mouth and consist of soft plastic.  If your kid resists wearing a mouthguard because it is uncomfortable, a custom mouthguard can be fabricated at our office for a very affordable cost.  The education about the importance of wearing an appropriately fitted moughguard is the parent and coach's responsibilty. Remember, your kid's natural teeth are irreplaceable!

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our dental office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
Dr. Thomas

 

 

By DR. REGGIE THOMAS
October 17, 2017
Category: CHILDREN

 

 

 

 

 

Sports are great for children for a variety of reasons. Children can develop their motor skills, learn how to solve conflicts and work together, and develop their work ethics. As a parent, you may recognize the benefits of sports, but also naturally be concerned about your child's overall health and safety.  Your job goes well beyond providing a water bottle and making sure that your child follows the rules of the game.

Although the first thing that comes to mind when you think of sports may not be your child's teeth, accidents can happen that may affect your children's teeth for the rest of their life.  A stray hockey stick, an arrant baseball, or a misguided dive after a volleyball are examples of ways that a child could lose a tooth.  In fact, studies have shown that young athletes lose more than three million teeth each year in sports related incidents!

Becoming A Better Athlete Can Protect Teeth
Becoming a better athlete involves refining skills, learning the rules of the game, and being a good sport.  These components are not just about winning.  They are also about safety. Young athletes who are better ball-handlers and who are careful to avoid fouls and penalties are less likely to have harmful contact with the ball, teammates, or opponents. Children who are better roller-bladers are less likely to take a face plant into the pavement, and more likely to save their teeth.  Being a good sport and avoiding unnecessary contact is one way to protect teeth.


Proper Protective Equipment
If your child is in a sport that poses a high threat to teeth, it is essential for your child to wear a mouthguard at all times.  Mouthguards fit your child's mouth and consist of soft plastic.  A custom sport's guard that can be fabricated by our office are much more comfortable to wear as compared to a generic over the counter boil-and-bite guard. While children may resist wearing a mouthguard initially, your persistance in insisting that they wear it should be enough to convince them of the importance.  A helmet or face mask provides additional protection during certain types of more contact related sports.

While prevention is best, rapid treatment can improve the situation if your child does sustain a dental injury while participating in a sporting event.  If you have any questions or are in need of more information about a custom sport's guard for you or your child, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
Dr. Thomas

 

By DR. REGGIE THOMAS
February 23, 2017
Category: CHILDREN

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy eating, combined with regular physical activity, play a vital role in your child's health and well-being. Dairy foods are naturally nutritious, packed with ten essential nutrients that help your child feel good for life. But did you know that diary is also great for your child's dental health? In addition to providing large amounts of much-needed calcium, dairy products also help fight cavotoes!  Dairy products have a specific role to play in dental health, as they contain a unique combination of special anti-decay nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, and the protein, casein.  Cheese is especially useful, as eating a small piece of cheese after consuming sugary foods or drinks can help protect teeth and reduce the risk of tooth decay.

If you have any questions about the importance of diary products in the role of dental health or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
Dr. Thomas

By DR. REGGIE THOMAS
February 15, 2017
Category: CHILDREN

 

 

 

 

 

February marks another National Children's Dental Health Month, which has been sponsored by the American Dental Association for over 65 years in order to raise awareness about the importance of children's oral health.  During the month of February, the ADA encourages all parents and caregivers to help children develop good dental habits at an early age. Regular dental visits can help children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

If you have any questions about your children's dental health or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123.

God Bless,
Dr. Thomas

 

 

 



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