Mouthguards protect the teeth from possible sports related injuries. Not only do they protect the teeth but the lips, checks, tongue and jaw bone as well. In some instances they can protect a child from certain head injuries. Most complex dental injuries occur to the mouth and head area when a child is not wearing a mouthguard.
Some sports require a mouth guard (football, hockey) but the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends any active contact sports (soccer, basketball, karate, softball, baseball, skateboarding etc) should use a mouthguard. Most injuries occur when children are playing basketball, baseball and soccer. Not all dental trauma can be avoided but sports related dental trauma can avoided.
The only effective mouthguard is the one a child wears. Most guards are found at athletic stores. These vary in comfort, protection as well as cost. The least expensive tend to the least effective in preventing oral injuries. Customized mouth guards allow the wearer to speak and communicate which often is the reason for low compliance in wearing mouthguards bought at the store. A custom mouthguard can be provided through our practice at a very reasonable cost.
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