Unfortunately, sports and fun physical activity can cause dental injury for your kids. However, giving them a quality mouthguard to wear while playing could save their smile! In fact, studies show that athletes are 60 times more likely to experience a dental injury when they aren’t wearing a mouthguard. While any protection is better than none at all, it’s important to understand that there are major differences in a custom-made mouthguard from a dentist compared to a store-bought product. Read on to learn more about the significance of protecting your child’s smile and why a professional mouthguard is your best option.
When Should My Child Wear a Mouthguard?
When you think about activities where mouthguards are necessary, you may picture hockey or football—sports with a lot of pads because of the nature of the game. While it is imperative to wear a mouthguard during contact sports, this smile protection should also be worn during any physical activity. Many dental injuries even occur during recess, and studies show that a large portion of broken, chipped, or cracked teeth occur in non-contact sports such as gymnastics and skating.
Why are Mouthguards Important?
Mouthguards are designed to soften blows to the face while minimizing dental injury like broken teeth and even lip, tongue, jaw, and facial trauma. During sports and other recreational activities, children are especially susceptible to dental injuries because they don’t have full control of their body yet. That’s why your son or daughter could benefit from wearing a mouthguard during almost any activity. Even in a noncontact sport like baseball, one bad hop and your child could take a hard ball directly to the face. That’s why it’s vital to do all that you can to protect your little one’s smile.
The Benefits of Custom-Made Mouthguards
When shopping for clothes, it’s okay to go to the store, grab some items off the rack and call it a day. Can you imagine getting each piece of clothing that you wear tailored and hand-made? That would not only be expensive but inconvenient as well. However, when it comes to your health, a tailormade solution will often make much more sense than simply buying something off of the shelf and trusting it.
Custom-made mouthguards from your dentist are designed to fit snugly around each tooth to give them ultimate protection. They also absorb concussion much better than store-bought products. While custom-made mouthguards are much more effective, they are also more comfortable to wear. Many kids avoid wearing their mouthguards during activity because they’re irritating. Custom-made solutions are incredibly comfortable to wear, and they can last YEARS longer than store-bought options. Plus, they can be designed to accommodate braces and other orthodontics.
Are you ready to protect your little one’s smile? Contact your dentist to take your first step towards safer playtime for your children.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Matthew Nawrocki understands the importance of protecting your child’s smile, which is why he offers high quality, personalized solutions. For any questions, he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (904) 272-1588.