As the fall sports season gets underway, it’s a fitting time to talk about the importance of sports mouthguards. An estimated one-third of all dental injuries are sports-related. Our children’s dental office in Smyrna wants the parents of our patients to know that most of these injuries can be prevented by using a properly fitted sports mouthguard.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s “Policy on Prevention of Sports-related Orofacial Injuries” attribute as many as 39% of all child dental injuries to direct hits from a ball or another player. Some of the most common injuries are:
A mouthguard will greatly reduce the risk of all of these injuries.
There are types of sports mouthguards that can help protect your child: Stock, Boil-and-Bite, Custom. Let’s take a closer look at each one.
To keep your child’s mouthguard in good shape and bacteria free, it’s important to take care of it properly.
Since kids are always growing and their teeth are always shifting, you should replace a child’s mouthguard every year to year and a half.
The main purpose of a mouthguard is to protect teeth from being broken, chipped, or knocked out during competition. But these small pieces of sporting equipment can serve a bigger a purpose, too. Mouthguards can cushion the jaw bones and reduce the risk of concussions. A better-fitting mouthguard will do a better job at protecting both teeth, jaw, and brain.
This fall sports season, and during all contact sports, make sure your child is wearing a properly fitted mouthguard at all times. It’s a simple way to save your little one from a dental emergency and your wallet from costly care. Schedule an appointment at our Smyrna children’s dental office to find the best sports mouthguard for your kid today.