Should Your Child Wear a Custom Mouthguard for Sports?
Children who play sports learn valuable life skills like teamwork and leadership, but most importantly, they have fun and get lots of healthy exercise. But chipped and broken teeth are commonly caused by sports—especially contact sports.
Your children’s dentist in Harleysville recommends custom mouthguards for any child who is involved in contact sports. Dentists estimate that 13 to 39 percent of dental trauma is the result of playing sports, but sports guards can dramatically minimize your child’s risk of injury to their mouth and teeth.
Who Should Wear Sports Mouthguards
Dental injuries can occur with many different types of sports, and your child’s school probably recommends mouthguards for football or ice hockey. A child who plays any contact sport should wear a custom mouthguard. This is especially the case if they play heavy contact sports like soccer, basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, and baseball.
Why You Should Choose a Custom Mouthguard
Generic boil and bite mouthguards are better than nothing, but they only provide minimal protection. But mouthguards that your kids dentist in Harleysville customizes using impressions of your son or daughter’s teeth offer significantly more protection or your child's smile. Additionally, custom mouthguards are made of premium materials that can withstand impact and still protect your child’s teeth.
How to Care for a Custom Sports Mouthguard
While it’s not always possible, it’s best if your child brushes their teeth before wearing the mouthguard because it can trap food particles and bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. Keeping the mouthguard clean is essential, so be sure to wash and dry it thoroughly before storing it in its case.
Schedule an Appointment
Dr. William T. McMaugh understands how essential healthy exercise is for kids and the benefits of playing team sports. We offer comprehensive pediatric dentistry in Harleysville and would be happy to meet with you and discuss how a customized mouthguard can protect your child’s precious smile. Call our friendly dental office and schedule your next dental appointment today.