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Why would a child need a sports mouth guard?

Why Would a Child Need A Sports Mouth Guard?

Children can suffer a variety of oral health injuries when playing sports that include chipped, cracked, broken or knocked out teeth. Depending upon the age of the child, these types of injuries can cause permanent damage to a child’s oral health, especially if they have already developed all of their permanent teeth.

Fortunately, parents can take the neccesary precautions to protect their child’s oral health through the use of a mouth guard.

Mouth guards look like U-Shaped plastic molds that fit protectively around your child’s upper teeth. Mouth Guards perform the dual funtion of protecting your child’s teeth from blunt trauma, such as a blow to the face, and offers cushioning in case the upper and lower jaw should slam shut.

Dentists recommend kids wear a mouth guard while participating in any kind of sport, not just contact sports such as football, to help prevent dental injury. However, not all mouth guards offer the same level of protection. To help you find the right fit for your child, here’s what you need to know about the different types of mouth guards available.

  • Stock Mouth Guards or Boil-and-Bite-These types of mouth guards are prefabricated and bought at sporting goods stores or drug stores (Walgreen’s). These are typically found in both adult and child size. Stock mouthguards can be bulky and may be a little uncomfortable. Boil and bite guards form more to your child’s teeth and therefore can be more comfortable. Either of these options are better than no mouth guard.
  • Custom made mouth guards-Constructed by your dentisit by making molds of your childs teeth to ensure a precise fit. Custom guards offer by far the most protection to your child’s teeth, but do cost significantly more than store bought alternatives.
  • Orthodontic mouth guards-For children undergoing orthodontic treatment, your dentist or orthodontist can provide a loose fitting mouth-guard that provides enough room to fit over the braces, while still offering protection and support.

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Bill

September 3, 2009

This Holiday Season we have remembered all our wonderful memories with my father, celebrated all his favorite traditions, and begun new traditions of our own.  Merry Christmas from the entire Bode Family.

The bell still rings for me.

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Dad with baby Ava

One of my favorites

Zoolights 2017

Celebrating the Holidays with friends

Polar Express 2017

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Belinda

What I love about Christmas is decorating; it is always full of wonderful memories.

I spend a lot of time decorating my tree as I cherish many of the ornaments I have been given over the years, such as my boys’ “First Ornament” given to me by my aunt, a porcelain angel given by a dear friend, and many more beautiful ornaments that have been given to me by special people in my life over the years.

Also I love the artist “Charles Wysocki” and so my sister knowing this gave me a beautiful Wysocki Christmas bowl which sits on my mantel every year along with my Christmas print.

Also, I get to bring out my special lighted glass block that my father made for me years ago; so many wonderful memories with him on Christmas and always; this is very special to me and my family as my father has since passed and it makes us feel as if he is still with us during the holidays.

I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and hope that your home is filled with memories you have cherished as well as the new ones you make with your family and friends.

May God Bless and take care of you during this holiday season.

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Steve


“Getting Crafty”

Katie and I have always enjoyed prepping for the holidays. Lights on the house, Christmas tree, decorations, the usual stuff. As Allie (6) and Peyton (9) have gotten older and more involved, they have really started to contribute their own ideas and are great helpers. They love to make crafts as gifts for family, friends, teachers, etc., and Allie is getting to practice her ever improving writing skills to craft holiday greetings. Lately, we’ve woken to the children locked away in a room wrapping a gift and generally collaborating. I’ve enjoyed spying in on some of these sweet moments. Seeing the kids start to take ownership of our holiday traditions and add their own has been an added joy to what can be a crazy time of year. Joy and Blessings to you and yours over the holiday.

The Russell Family

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Holiday Cheer from R&B: Pam and Walter

Christmas in the Werner house is a treasured time of year.  It is busy for us up until Christmas, but then things tend to slow down and we have much needed family time.  One of the things we look forward to every year is doing Christmas crafts.

It has been a tradition for over 20 years.  Our Christmas tree and house is filled with hand made ornaments and decorations from years past.  It is always so fun to open the  Christmas boxes and reminisce on our crafts as we decorate.  My kids look forward to this every year.  We will always cherish the time and memories.  We hope the Holiday Season brings your family much joy and hopefully some needed relaxation too.

Merry Christmas,
The Werner’s

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Katie

One of the things I look forward to most about Christmas time is watching my favorite Christmas movie “The Polar Express.”  I loved reading the book when I was little and now I watch the movie every Christmas eve. I turn off all the lights but the Christmas tree, cozy up with a blankie and enjoy the movie!

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Tina

We started a tradition when my girls were little. Every Christmas we would go to the Nutcracker Ballet. We would let one of the girls choose a nutcracker to purchase. They would take turns each year choosing one special to them.  My girls are teenagers now and two will be going off to college next year. This is a tradition that I hope will continue for years to come. These are just a few we have collected over the years.

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Kami

Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love the lights, I love the trees, I love the music, I love celebrating Jesus birthday, I love the anticipation of being together with family, and I love that Dr. Bode wears Christmas socks from the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas!


This Christmas will be very different for my husband and me. We are moving to California in January! I am finding myself hanging on to things, to people, to traditions ……… anything that feels familiar and comfortable. I’m also finding myself worrying ….. about our kids (grown and independent!), our long “to do” list, and the many firsts and lasts we will face in the coming weeks and months. But what I keep coming back to, is the fact that our physical location will not change a single cherished memory that I have.


We enjoyed every minute of our time with our kids, our parents, and our siblings over Thanksgiving. We ate a ton of food, played games, reminisced, and just enjoyed being together. No regrets. No unresolved conflicts. Just lots of love and grace.


As we enter this Christmas season, my hope and prayer is that we all make the most of every moment we have with family and friends. That we love unconditionally, forgive easily, and give abundantly!  Merry Christmas and we will miss you all!

Featured Team Member: Hailey

My favorite part of the holidays is putting the tree up. Every year, I get mine up as soon as possible after Thanksgiving and I usually spend a couple hours putting on lights and making sure the ornaments are perfect. This year was a little different because I have a toddler, so I had to strategically arrange ornaments and exchange out my beautiful glass ornaments shatter proof ones! Leighton loves to redecorate the tree every few hours!  One of our family traditions is to get an ornament that reminds us of that year, like our pineapple ornament we got on our honeymoon, or the ornament signifying Leighton’s first Christmas last year. This year we got a mickey ornament while visiting Disneyland to signify our baby’s first trip to one of our favorite places.

Featured Team Member: Sonya

A new Holiday tradition since being married is going Black Friday Shopping with our oldest niece Emily. The last 5-6 years we enjoy going through the Thanksgiving Black Friday adds. We map out our plan, grab coffee and head out bright and early for all the crazy good deals. Ironically Emily and I don’t enjoy shopping with crowds, but we find ourselves year after year still going for the best deals that we can’t live without. Last year we completed our Christmas shopping in one day! I look forward to many years of finding great deals.