Jason A Schermer D.D.S August 2018

Are Custom Mouthguards Worth the Price?

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3. Mouthguards do more than protect teeth. While protecting your athlete’s teeth is incredibly important, the best mouthguards can also help protect an athlete’s brain. Research published in General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, found that football players who wear boil-and-bite mouthguards are twice as likely to suffer from a concussion than players wearing a customized mouthguard. If you are interested in learning the difference a customized mouthguard can make in your athlete’s life, give our office a call at (440) 483-1003. And if you aren’t able to invest in a custom mouthguard right now, make sure your athlete’s teeth are still being protected. Even a boil-and-bite mouthguard is better than no mouthguard at all.

For many students, back-to-school season also means returning to school sports. For athletes who play football, lacrosse, or other contact sports, mouthguards are also on their back-to- school shopping list. Customized mouthguards are available through most dental offices, though around 90 percent of athletes will pick up a boil-and-bite mouthguard from the local sporting goods store. When it comes to mouthguards, is the cheaper option really just as good? Here are some important facts parents need to know about their athlete’s mouthguard. 1. Preventative measures cost less than dental injuries. Research from ProForm found that 5 million teeth are lost each year in sporting activities, and 34 percent of sports injuries involve the

face. Wearing a properly fitted mouthguard can do much to prevent these injuries and the costs associated with them. A mouthguard costs far less than a $1,500 crown used to repair a broken tooth. And parents who have invested $5,000 in braces would rather not have to pay more to have those braces fixed after a rough tackle. 2. Athletes can breathe easier with mouthguards. This might sound ridiculous if you’ve only ever worn a deformable boil-and-bite mouthguard, but many basketball players in the NBA wear custom mouthguards to help them breathe better. The right mouthguard can bring the jaw forward and open the airways, similar to oral appliances used to treat sleep apnea. This means players get more oxygen and have the energy to play a little harder for a little longer.

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Summer Grilled Halibut

If you’re tired of grilling hamburgers at this point in the summer, try using your grill for something a little different. This easy halibut recipe is a great change of pace.

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Ingredients •

4 boneless, skinless halibut fillets, about 5 ounces each 1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

2 pounds mixed tomatoes, sliced 1/2 cup hearts of palm, drained

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Basil leaves, for garnish

1 lemon

Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions 1. Lightly oil grill grates and heat grill to medium. 2. Grate 1 teaspoon lemon zest onto halibut fillets. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. 3. Grill halibut, turning just once, for about 5 minutes on each side.

4. In a mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, hearts of palm, juice from lemon, and oil. Season with salt and pepper. 5. Garnish salad with basil. Spoon salad over grilled halibut. Serve.




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