How to Protect Kids’ Smiles in Sports

When it comes to protecting our children’s health, it’s essential to consider all aspects of their well-being, including their teeth. Did you know that participating in sports can be hazardous to your child’s oral health? Every year, many kids and teens experience dental injuries on the playing field, basketball court, or while engaging in other activities like skateboarding and biking.

To prevent these types of injuries, many dental experts recommend wearing a mouthguard while participating in recreational activities that pose a risk to the mouth. A mouthguard is a simple yet highly effective piece of athletic gear that can protect your child’s teeth, lips, cheeks, and tongue. You may have seen them used in contact sports like football, boxing, and ice hockey, but they can be beneficial for non-contact sports too, such as gymnastics, rollerblading, and field hockey.

An effective mouthguard should be tear-resistant, offer good cushioning and protection, be comfortable and easy to clean, without restricting speech or breathing. Usually, a mouthguard only covers the upper teeth, but in some cases, a lower teeth mouthguard may be recommended by your dentist.

When choosing a mouthguard for your child, there are three types to consider:

1. Ready-made or stock mouthguards – this type of generic device offers the least comfort and protection so we normally do not recommend this type.

2. Boil-and-bite mouthguards – these are better than the generic trays in that they offer more comfort and better fit than the stock mouthguards.

3. Custom-made mouthguards (These are custom made at our clinic with the use of an impression mould) and then sent off to a professional laboratory where the mouthguard can be custom fitted to match the fit of your child’s mouth and teeth precisely.

It’s easy to understand and see how custom made mouthguards offer the ideal protection, the best fit, comfort, and durability when it comes to protecting your child’s teeth.

To ensure your child’s mouthguard lasts as long as possible, here are some tips for proper care:

  • Rinse the mouthguard with cold water or an antiseptic mouth rinse before and after each use, and brush it with soap if necessary
  • Store the mouthguard in a firm, perforated container that allows for air circulation to prevent damage
  • Avoid high temperatures like hot water, hot surfaces, and direct sunlight, which can cause the mouthguard to distort
  • Check for tears, holes, and a poor fit regularly, and replace the mouthguard if necessary
  • Remember to bring the mouthguard to your child’s dental checkups so that our dentist can confirm it’s still in good condition.

In conclusion, don’t take your child’s oral health for granted! Encourage them to wear a mouthguard while participating in sports to protect their teeth, lips, cheeks, and tongue. Call Puresmile today! A mouthguard is a small investment that can go a long way in ensuring that they will have a healthy, as well as beautiful smile for life!!

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