There’s a reason professional athletes wear mouthguards – a healthy mouth is important no matter what! Mouthguards cover the upper teeth and help to protect your child’s teeth from being damaged upon impact. We recommend your child wear a mouthguard for any high-contact sport, such as football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, no matter their age. This ensures a lifetime of healthy smiles – especially when they’re holding the championship trophy!
Does My Child Need a Mouthguard?
We try to keep our children as safe as possible, but sometimes accidents happen. Our children’s growing teeth are an important part of being healthy, and a mouthguard can provide a heightened sense of safety and peace of mind for any parent. Mouthguards can encourage an active and healthy lifestyle while providing protection and safety for your child’s smile!
Benefits of Wearing a Mouthguard During Sports
In high-contact sports, sometimes injuries are inevitable, but a mouthguard can lower the risk of a dental injury while playing. Every year, millions of teeth are knocked out due to a sports-related incident, and we want to help your child preserve their smile! Tooth loss can have an impact on your child’s confidence and cause disfiguration. Mouthguards distribute the force of impact and reduce the risk of injury to your child’s teeth, cheek, lip and tongue. Talk to your child’s dentist about mouthguards and see what is best for keeping their smile happy and healthy!
How to Take Care of a Mouthguard
Taking care of a mouthguard is essential in maintaining a healthy mouth and protecting your child’s teeth. After each wear, wash the mouthguard with a toothbrush and toothpaste and scrub just like you’re brushing your teeth. Store the mouthguard in a protective case to keep it from getting damaged when not being worn. Do not leave the mouthguard in the sun or in hot water. This may cause it to deform or melt, causing it not to fit properly. Replace your child’s mouthguard at the beginning of every season. This will ensure it fits well with your child’s growing mouth. If your child has braces, talk to their dentist about getting a custom mouthguard to fit over braces, and never wear a mouthguard over a retainer.
Schedule an Appointment for a Custom Mouthguard
Schedule an appointment for a custom mouthguard today! Our dentists are ready to help your child have a safe, active and healthy lifetime of smiles.