Does Your Kid Wear a Properly Fitting Sports Mouthguard?
Is your kid keen on playing sports? If so, you probably want to do everything you can to encourage this habit, but at the same time you want to keep them safe. While it is possible to buy lots of different kinds of protective gear, a surprising number of parents don’t take the same care when protecting their child’s mouth. This is in spite of recommendations by dental health professionals that kids wear properly fitting mouthguards while participating in contact sports as well as some non-contact sports.
Mouthguards Might Be Mandatory but They Are Still Not Being Worn by Every Child
Mouthguards are mandatory for certain sports such as football, lacrosse and ice hockey, and they are recommended for all athletic activities where there is any possibility your child’s teeth or jaws could come into contact with other participants or a hard surface. In spite of this, a survey carried out just a few years ago by a well-known dental health care provider found that nearly 7 out of 10 Americans reported that their child did not wear a mouthguard when playing soccer, baseball or basketball, even though recent studies of found that basketball players could be more at risk of dental injuries than football players.
Do Not Underestimate the Importance of Mouthguards
Even when playing football where protective gear is mandatory, just seven out of 10 caregivers reported that their child wore a mouthguard both during practice games and actual games. Just four in 10 reported that their child wore a mouthguard for hockey practice and hockey games, and it’s just as important to wear a mouthguard both during practice and for the actual games. This is because it’s been found that most organized sports related injuries can occur during practice rather than during the game.
Should You Buy over-the-Counter or Custom-Made Mouthguards?
You can buy mouthguards for just a few dollars in your local drugstore or sporting goods store and while this might be a tempting option, it’s far better to invest in a properly made custom mouthguard.
Dr. Marina Krepkh at the Kids Dentistry Center can custom-design the correct type and thickness of mouthguard to offer maximum protection to your child’s teeth and jaws while playing their chosen sports. This option might cost a little more than an over-the-counter mouthguard but the protection offered is far superior and has the potential to save thousands of dollars in restorative dental work. It will be comfortable to wear so they are much more likely to actually use it while playing sports.
How to Take Care of a Mouthguard
The mouthguard is made from a tough plastic material and will come with its own protective container for storage while not being worn. All you need to do is make sure it is cleaned after each use and stored away from direct heat that could cause it to distort. Dr. Krepkh will check the condition of the mouthguard at regular intervals and will check to see it still fits correctly and is offering good protection. It will need to be remade at regular intervals, particularly when your child is still growing but this is a small price to pay for such great protection.
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