Germs on Mouthguards Can Cause IllnessMost adults and kids today understand the importance of wearing a #mouthguard when playing contact sports, especially while wearing braces. Blows to the mouth are painful enough without brackets and wires cutting into your lips and tongue making it worse. Teeth are actually less prone to injury when wired together as a single unit during orthodontic treatment. A mouth guard protects the braces and serves as addition protection, further reducing the possibility of tooth and jaw injury.

It is not uncommon for athletes to remove their mouthguard when playing sports and set it down, hold it in their dirty hands, or toss it into the case or Gym bag when the game is over. Do you or your kids clean your mouthguard before popping it back into the mouth the next you play? Who knows what germs are breeding on the #mouthguard when stored away that can cause illness and oral health issues?Read more on Mouthguard – A Germ Infested Breeding Ground…

Garrett and Boyd Orthodontics Sugar Land Rosenberg TX Back to school orthodontic tips

It’s that time of year again! The temperature is cooling off, fall sports are underway, and all the kids are headed back to school. At Garrett and Boyd Orthodontics we want to offer a few helpful tips for going back to school with #braces!

  • Make sure to follow the 2×2 brushing rule: brush your teeth for TWO minutes, TWO times each day! This will help keep your teeth and #braces clean, which leads to quicker appointments and healthier teeth. If you want to brush after lunch, keep a toothbrush in your backpack.
  • Bring a water bottle to school. Drinking water throughout the day helps to keep your mouth clean, fight #cavities, and prevent bad breath. Stick with water and you can’t go wrong.Read more on Orthodontic Tips for Back to School in Sugar Land and Rosenberg TX…

Garrett and Boyd Orthodontics Sugar Land Rosenberg TX TMJ PainLiving with aching or clicking jaws can be hard to swallow! #Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also commonly known as #TMJ or #TMD, is a joint disorder that affects the opening and closing of the jaw, and can have many side effects that relate to the teeth, head and neck.

Like other joints, the relationship between the bone and disk will affect how well the joint works. The jaw is used thousands of times a day for talking, eating and laughing. When a disorder is present in the joint, your lifestyle can be dramatically changed. Read more on TMJ Jaw Pain Can Be a Mouthful…