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Tara Boyle Family Dentistry {Back to School. . . And Sports!}


Our office has been all a buzz with kiddos and their families... Coming in to get their teeth all polished and healthy before heading back to school! We have really enjoyed hearing about what everyone has been doing this summer and all the fun had. :) This time of year is full of supply shopping, organizing, new sleep schedules and some even get a new haircut for the return to school! But many of you are not only returning to studying and school schedules... but also sports! We want to make sure you are protecting those pearly white's with a mouthguard... It is so important! 


It is estimated by the American Dental Association that mouth guards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and collegiate football alone. The American Dental Association recommends wearing custom mouth guards for the following sports: acrobats, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, and wrestling. Other experts include baseball and softball infielders on that list. They further recommend the mouthguard to be worn during all practices and competitions.



There are a few different types of mouth guards... and we want to make sure you know and see the differences between the 3 most common options.


1. Boil and Bite Mouthguard: After improper improper fabrication. (note: thin material after forming)



2. Stock Mouthguard: After several weeks of use.



3. ***Custom Made Mouthguard: Fabricated by a dentist. *** 



A properly fitted mouthguard must be protective, comfortable, resilient, tear resistant, odorless, tasteless, not bulky, cause minimal interference to speaking and breathing, and (possibly the most important criteria) have excellent retention, fit, and sufficient thickness in critical areas. As you can see from the pictures above... the only option that fully protects and meets requirements to best keep that smile safe is the custom mouthguard. 


Call our office today at 913-768-6800 if you have any questions and to reserve your 20 minute appointment to get yours made! We have colors you can choose from to match your favorite team! It is important to remember damaged teeth do not grow back. Protect that perfect smile - wear a mouthguard! :)


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Tara Boyle Family Dentistry {Wedding Fun and Your Smile}


This summer, our office is celebrating 2 of our very own, Rosie and Mandy, who are both getting hitched! We planned an evening full of fun and adventure to kickoff the summer. We chose to head to the Rivermarket area in Kansas City for some fun team-building and laughs at Breakout KC. If you haven't heard of this place, you should check it out... You essentially are put into a room full of hidden clues and messages and have to work your way out of it within one hour. It's quite chaotic and fun all at the same time :) 




So along with all of that celebrating and fun, we know there are many of our patients that are getting married as well this year… Or know someone who is :) We are here to help make that day and those everlasting pictures even more amazing with your smile! Prior to your wedding day you will plan your clothing, jewelry, hair, and makeup in great detail. But the first thing people will look at on your wedding day, and the first thing you will see in all of your pictures forever after, is your smile.


Who should be concerned with planning a fabulous smile for your wedding? Everyone who matters to you. The bride, groom, maid of honor, best man, parents of the bride and groom, bridesmaids, and groomsmen are the primary people who should consider a smile enhancement before the wedding day.


3 months prior: Have a smile consult to determine what could be done. These consults are usually just 30 minutes long.


2 months prior: Large smile makeovers should be started (usually completed in only 2 visits, about 2 weeks apart). This early date will ensure you will have lots of time for other last minute details. Your smile makeover will last for many years! Do it sooner than later.


1 month prior: For smiles that need minor changes only, consider home whitening. We can make you custom bleach trays to ensure a flawless whitening experience.


1 to 7 days prior: Go for a tooth polishing... even if it is not time for a regularly scheduled dental visit. A thorough polishing will make your teeth shine. :)


It is really fun for us to be a part of this along with you! Give our office a call to get your consult set up at 913-768-6800 or email us at [email protected]. We can't wait to help make this special time (or anytime for that matter) super special for you! :)



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Welcome to our virtual office here on the Internet!  This is my first blog, and I really hope I get to see you soon!

Have a great day!

Tara Boyle, DDS

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