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Youth sports and most athletic activities come with a risk of suffering bodily injury. Contact sports also come with increased risk of suffering a blow to the face. Beyond the salient concussion risk, this type of injury can also cause significant oral trauma.

To address this very serious concern, many institutions and athletic associations are requiring youth athletes to use a mouth guard during practices and games. Unfortunately, many of the units sold at sporting goods stores can feel uncomfortable in the mouth or even hamper breathing during high exertion.

Fortunately, Dr. Iqbal Sayed and the orthodontic specialists at his clinic in Patchogue, New York, can provide your son or daughter with a custom mouth guard. It is a durable, yet soft plastic mouth piece that will be designed to fit the natural contours of their teeth. This maximizes its ability to protect their teeth and breath easily.

The custom mouth guard will require some daily care and cleaning. Your child should rinse the mouth guard thoroughly after every use. If necessary it can be refreshed with a quick soak in a mixture of cold water and antiseptic mouth wash or by giving it a light brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste.

When they’re done refreshing the mouth guard, they should store it in the case provided and store it in a safe place.

If you are in the Patchogue, New York, area and you have a youth athlete in need of a custom mouth guard, you should call 631-758-6689 to schedule an appointment at Patchogue Dental Service PC.