Should Your Child Wear a Mouth Guard?

Last updated on August 29th, 2015 at 03:16 pm

Playing team sports are a wonderful experience for children. There are many physical and mouthguards mean safe teethemotional health benefits.

There can also be safety and protection issues. Any sport can increase head and mouth trauma. Injury can not be completely eliminated but damage can be lessened. Mouth guards can decrease the potential for harm by up to 60%.

Besides preventing permanent loss or disfigurement of the most visible, front teeth, mouth guards can prevent a concussion.

The younger your child starts wearing a mouth guard, the more likely they are to continue wearing it through their sporting career. Custom fitting mouth guards allow your child to speak and breathe more comfortably, performing with the greatest confidence.

Benefits of a mouth guard:

  • You increase the chance of damaging your teeth 60x if you don’t wear a mouth guard while playing spots
  • Injuries to your teeth can result in permanent disfigurement of your most viable front teeth
  • It is estimated that a lifetime dental costs to a tooth that is knocked out can be up to $20,000

As stated earlier, the habit of wearing a mouth guard is developed at an early age.  Make sure you talk to your dentist about the best type of mouth guard for your child. There are several different types available to you.

Be safe this sports season!

About the Author

I am a family dentist who treats children as well as adults. Making smiles people love, extreme makeovers and complex dental reconstruction is our niche including implants, TMJ, orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry. As a participant in the blog, I will be offering dental perspectives on pediatric safety and health care options on a regular basis. I can be reached at www.suwaneedental.com. Blessings to all! Dr Williams is a member of the PedSafe Expert team

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One Response to “Should Your Child Wear a Mouth Guard?”

  1. Jim Love says:

    As a society we are making great strides with improving the use of helmets during many activities. Rarely do you see anything about the important topic of mouth guards. Nice post- thanks.

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