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As spring and summer are approaching, there will be an increase in outdoor activities among adults and children.  Our dentists at El Portal Dental Group would like to remind everyone who is playing sports to wear a mouth guard and other forms of facial protections to prevent getting injured.  According to American Dental Association, an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouth guard.  Mouth guards help buffer the impact that otherwise would cause broken teeth or facial injuries.  Mouth guards may reduce the rate and severity of concussion.  Our dentists at El Portal Dental Group can make a custom mouth guard for you and your child that is comfortable and offer superior protection.  Because treating dental related injuries can cost thousands of dollars, a custom mouth guard is worthwhile investment.   If you have any questions regarding any dental relates, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 209-385-1479 or check out our website at www.elportaldentalgroup.com. 


A change in their sense of taste is usually related to an upper respiratory problem. This occurs because sense of taste is closely related to acuity of the sense of smell, and anything that impairs the sense of smell will cause a change in the acuity of taste as well. For example, impaired taste is very common in those who have nasal polyps, frequent throat infections, or chronic sinus congestion. If you have symptoms such as sore throat, cough, sneezing, or nasal congestion, these are probably related to the change in your ability to taste foods. The first step would be to go see your primary care doctor, who can perform a thorough examination and help figure out what might be the upper respiratory cause. Very effective treatments are available for all of these conditions. .  Some vitamin deficiencies, such as iron deficiency or B vitamin deficiency may cause inflammation of the tongue and loss of taste.  Specially, loss of taste sensation can be related to bad oral hygiene or tooth infections .  This can be easily treated by visiting your dentist.  Call El Portal Dental Group for an appointment.

El Portal Dental Group is located at 3393 G Street, Ste B, Merced, CA 95340. Visit our website at www.elportaldentalgroup.com for more information.