Athletes, ‘play it safe’ by using mouth guards

By Michael Bilello

NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith promotes the use of quality mouth guards during athletic play.

Orthodontic Specialists of Florida (OSOF) and Orthodontic Specialists of New England (OSONE) recently announced that they will provide middle and high school student-athletes with custom-fitted mouth guards during the month of August at all of their locations throughout Florida and New England at no cost, while supplies last.
“We are very excited to join the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith in promoting the use of quality mouth guards during athletic play,” said Alan D. Shoopak, DMD, founder and owner of OSOF and OSONE.
“My staff is committed to scheduling and facilitating the fittings, as well as providing the student-athlete with a state-of-the-art mouth guard from SafeTGard and it’s all free,” he added.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), baseball, soccer, basketball and football account for about 80 percent of all sports-related emergency room visits for children between ages 5 and 14.
“I have seen too many injuries walk through our doors that could have been prevented had the athlete been wearing a fitted mouth guard, so collectively as a team, we will be protecting thousands of great smiles during the upcoming school year,” Dr. Shoopak said.
To schedule a student-athlete fitting at one of OSOF and OSONE’s locations, call 1-888-800-4BRACES or visit Mouth guards available while supplies last.

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