Why Your Child Needs a Mouthguard

For a seven-year-old, losing their two front baby teeth can be a real cause for celebration, but it’s a different story when it comes to their new adult teeth. These need to be protected, especially if they are playing sports — even the backyard kind in some cases. This is where a mouthguard can prove invaluable.
According to the American Dental Association, the risk of athletes losing their teeth whilst playing sports is 60 times greater if they are not wearing a mouthguard. This is especially the case when it comes to contact sports like American football, basketball and martial arts.

It’s Easy to Reduce the Risk

Dental injuries arising from sports accidents can range from a chipped tooth to more serious injuries like a broken jawbone. While a mouthguard can’t prevent accidents from happening, it can certainly reduce the risk of serious dental injuries, and the remedial costs involved.
There are a number of mouthguards available on the market, and the type you choose will largely depend on your budget, and your child’s preference. They are very easy to wear, and fit directly over the upper teeth ready to absorb the impact of any forceful contact with your child’s mouth.
You usually have three choices when it comes to mouthguard options:
  • Custom-made:  These are most certainly the most comfortable of all designs, and are molded perfectly to your child’s teeth. An impression is taken of the child’s mouth, and the mouthguard is custom-made to fit.
  • Boil and bite:  While they don’t provide as perfect a fit as a custom-made mouthguard, boil and bite guards do offer adequate protection. The guard is placed into boiling water to soften the material, and then placed in the child’s mouth to create a custom fit.
  • Ready to wear:  While they can be effective in some cases, the problem with ready to wear mouthguards straight off the shelf is that they often fall out, or make breathing and talking difficult for the wearer. This may increase the risk of injury, or your child may simply refuse to wear the mouthguard altogether.

Don’t Risk Large Dental Bills — Invest In A Mouthguard

Mouthguards are quite affordable when you compare their cost to the high dental bills you could be avoiding. You’ll also sleep easier at night knowing your child has the best protection whether they are going in for a hard touchdown, or taking on a formidable karate opponent.  Call us today to get your child ready for their sports season!
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