Sports are a great activity to get your child involved in. For every practice, you make sure your child has everything they need – their shoes, their uniform, and their protective gear. Along with their shin pads and helmets, a high-quality mouthguard is essential. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that between 10% and 40% of all dental injuries sustained by children are caused by a sports related accident. A high-quality mouthguard will help to protect not only your child’s teeth but their oral tissues and jawbone as well. At National Dental Oakland Gardens, we can provide your child with a custom-fit mouthguard.
MouthguardsA mouthguard is an oral appliance. It is designed to protect your child’s mouth while they play sports. It protects their teeth from tooth injuries, such as chips, fractures or being knocked out. It protects the soft tissues of their mouth from lacerations or contusions. It also protects their jaw from dislocation or fracturing.
Types of MouthguardsThere are three main types of mouthguards:
Taking Care of Your Child’s MouthguardIt is important that your child take care of their mouthguard, which will help to ensure that it continues to take care of them. They should rinse their mouthguard off before and after each use. If possible, brushing the mouthguard with toothpaste is better. Periodically, it should be washed with soap and water.
When your child is not using their mouthguard, it should be stored in a hard, plastic case that provides ventilation, which will help to prevent the buildup of bacteria. Your child should never leave their mouthguard exposed to heat, or direct sunlight, for prolonged periods of time, as this can damage the material. At the first sign of damage, replace it right away.
Benefits of a Custom-Fit MouthguardThere are several benefits associated with a custom-fit mouthguard:
If your child is involved in a sport, getting a high-quality mouthguard is a must. Contact National Dental Oakland Gardens at (718) 407-0574 to schedule your child’s appointment today.