2013-05-23 / Other News

VIEWS ON DENTAL HEALTH

Avoiding Sports Injuries
GARY S. S. RAFAL, D. D.

If one of your youngsters takes part in a sports program, here’s a tip from the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Council on sports medicine: use a mouth guard.

According to the committee’s chairman, Dr. Lawrence Kerr, also a dentist, mouth guards can reduce dental injury in both contact and non-contact sports.

Among the types of mouth guards recommended are the custom fitted latex mouth guard and the mouthformed guard.

The former provides the best fit, retention, comfort, and ease of speech.

The latter consists of a firm outer shell combined with a soft inner material.

Dental injuries can interfere not only with the enjoyment of sports participation, they can also be costly and sometimes permanently damaging.

Having your youngster fitted with a recommended mouth guard will give him or her the protection that is needed.

The office of Gary S. Rafal is located at 9915 Seaview Avenue. For an appointment, call 718-763-7799.

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