APPLE VALLEY, MN ? Brite Smiles Dental Care (, in Apple Valley, is sharing their advice on how to prevent mouth injuries this winter and what to do if such an injury were to happen.

Falls are common during the winter season, and sometimes mouth injuries can occur because of a fall. Mouth guards are a good way, especially if you?re playing a winter sport, to help prevent a mouth injury. It?s good practice to get fitted for a mouth guard at the dentist to ensure it fits properly and can correctly protect your mouth.

Trauma and broken teeth may result from a mouth collision. Trauma could then cause damage to the nerve or create an infection. Any time there?s discomfort or swelling in the mouth that?s not lessening, it is wise to get it looked at.

Dr. Dennis Simmons, founder of Brite Smiles Dental Care, stated ?We can get you in right away for a short appointment and quickly check out any problem from an injury. It?s also a good excuse to come in to have your teeth cleaned, especially if you?re overdue.?

Nancy C., a patient at Brite Smiles, spoke about her experience: ?The care and concern I receive is always above and beyond. If I have any problems they are taken care of with prompt, friendly service.?

Dr. Dennis Simmons graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1976, receiving the Class Honor in prosthetics ? dentures partial and full. Since then, he has participated in over 3,000 hours of continuing education courses, focusing primarily on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, dental implants and implant-supported restorations, orthodontics, extractions, crown/bridge, root canals, bite and TMJ disorders and sleep apnea. For his studies, he has been honored with the status of ?Diplomate? from the International Congress of Oral Implantology and the International Osseous (bone) Integration Society. For more information on dental services from Brite Smiles Dental Care, visit, or call 952-891-8484.

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