Educate Your Patients: Not All Mouth Guards Are Created Equal

Posted by Kate Ranta on Apr 28, 2016 3:00:00 PM

   

A concerned parent of a young soccer star is with his child at your office with damage to his teeth. “But he was wearing a mouth guard…” the father explains.

While purchasing a store-bought athletic mouth guard is both easy and economical, many of your patients may not know that over-the-counter mouth guards may actually not be very effective tools in preventing oral trauma.

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It’s estimated that 80 percent of store bought sporting mouth protectors are ineffective and may even be unsafe. Providing education on the importance of a custom mouth guard provided by your office not only protects the smile of your sporty patients, but also serves as an added revenue stream for your office.

Here are a few ways to increase awareness of the benefits of a professionally made dental mouth guard:

  • Update your patient paperwork. Add a few questions in your patient paperwork kit asking your patients if they are active in sports or other high-impact activities. This will alert your office staff and hygiene team that they should review sport safety options with your patients and promote the need for a custom mouth guard.

  • Keep it conversational. When chatting with your patients and their parents, ask about their school life and activities. Talking about sports opens the door to encourage a professional mouth guard fitting.

  • Flyers up front. Use your waiting room’s real estate to post a flyer or marketing piece on sports safety and mouth pieces.

Your patient’s parents have the same mission as you: keeping their child’s smile healthy and safe. A small bit of oral health education will go a long way in keeping young athletes protected.

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