Kids across the United States are heading back to school, and many of them will be participating in after-school athletic programs. Playing sports such as football, hockey, soccer, basketball, and baseball can lead to many types of injuries. One type of potential injury that is commonly overlooked is damage to the teeth. In any sport where there is a possibility of contact between players or between a player and a hard object such as a ball or puck, the teeth can be seriously damaged by an impact.
A Mouth Guard Can Protect Your Child from Sport-Related Teeth Injuries
The best way to protect a child’s teeth when participating in after-school sports is to wear a mouth guard. A mouth guard is a piece of plastic that is worn over the teeth to absorb the shock of an impact and prevent damage to the teeth and surrounding tissues.
Mouth guards can be very effective at preventing injuries, but many children who participate in sports do not wear them regularly or at all. Some children who have mouth guards only wear them at games, even though many injuries occur at practices.
If your child plays a sport where there is a possibility that he or she could be hit by a ball, a puck, or a collision with another player, it is important to wear a mouth guard. Mouth injuries can be serious, painful, and expensive to repair, but they are also easy to prevent. Wearing a mouth guard regularly can protect your child from a painful injury and can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in dental bills.
Types of Mouth Guards
Mouth guards come in three types. Stock mouth guards are the least expensive and come in a pre-formed shape that cannot be adjusted. They are not as effective as more expensive mouth guards, but they are better than having no mouth protection at all.
Mouth-formed mouth guards are sold at many sporting goods stores. They are usually boiled in water to soften the plastic so it can be molded to the individual’s teeth.
Custom-made mouth guards are made by a dentist after taking a mold of the child’s teeth. They provide a tighter fit and the best protection, but they are also the most expensive option.
Get a Mouth Guard for Your Child to Wear for After-School Sports
Any child who participates in a sport where there is a possibility of a mouth injury should wear a mouth guard at all practices and games. A mouth guard can prevent many serious injuries. Now that kids are heading back to school, you should be thinking about protection for your child at after-school sports.
CT Pediatric Dentistry can fit your child for a custom mouth guard that can provide the best protection from sport-related injuries. To make an appointment to get your child fitted for a mouth guard, contact CT Pediatric Dentistry today.