Ensuring the protection of your child’s smile during sports activities is crucial as mouth and jaw injuries are common among athletes.
Mouthguards play a vital role in safeguarding teeth and gums from injuries. The American Dental Association recommends wearing a mouthguard if your child participates in sports such as basketball, boxing, hockey, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, track and field, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding, skydiving, soccer, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, or wrestling.
There are three main types of mouthguards to choose from: pre-made mouthguards, “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguards, and custom-made mouthguards. It is important to select a mouthguard that is tear-resistant, comfortable, well-fitted to your child’s mouth, easy to clean, and does not hinder proper breathing. If your child wears braces or a retainer, wearing a mouthguard becomes even more crucial. Your dentist can provide guidance on proper usage and help your child select the right mouthguard.
Proper care of the mouthguard is essential, similar to retainers, braces, or other special dental appliances. Here are some simple steps to keep your child’s mouthguard clean and in good condition:
Our aim is to reduce the likelihood of sports-related dental injuries for your child. Remember to discuss mouthguards with your dentist during your child’s next dental checkup.