Protecting Your Child’s Smile: The Importance of Mouthguards in Sports | Family First Dental


Protect Your Child’s Smile with Family 1st Dental Mouth Guards

At Family 1st Dental, we understand the importance of protecting your child’s smile while they’re playing sports. Sports-related dental injuries can be serious, painful, and costly to treat. That’s why we recommend mouth guards for children who participate in sports.

According to the American Dental Association, athletes who don’t wear mouth guards are 60 times more likely to experience dental injuries. Mouth guards are designed to absorb shock and protect the teeth, lips, cheeks, and tongue from injury during sports. They can help prevent broken teeth, knocked-out teeth, and cuts or bruises to the mouth. Additionally, mouth guards can reduce the risk of concussions by cushioning the impact of a blow to the jaw.

There are different types of mouth guards available to suit your child’s needs. Stock mouth guards are pre-formed and ready to wear, but they may not provide the best fit. Boil-and-bite mouth guards can be molded to fit your child’s teeth, providing a more customized fit. However, custom-fitted mouth guards, made by a dentist like Family 1st Dental, offer the best fit and protection.

When choosing a mouth guard, consider the type of sport your child plays, as well as their age and size. Some sports, like football, hockey, and wrestling, have a higher risk of dental injury, so a more protective mouth guard may be necessary. Younger children may need a smaller mouth guard to fit their smaller teeth and mouth.

In addition to protecting teeth, mouth guards can improve athletic performance. They help stabilize the jaw, reduce muscle fatigue, and even improve breathing, which can enhance endurance.

It’s essential to ensure your child’s mouth guard fits properly and is in good condition. A poorly fitting mouth guard can be uncomfortable and may not provide adequate protection. Replace mouth guards if they become worn or damaged.

Overall, mouth guards are a vital piece of protective gear for children who play sports. They can prevent serious dental injuries and improve performance. Encourage your child to wear a mouth guard and help them choose the right type and fit. By taking these precautions, you can help keep your child safe and healthy while they enjoy playing sports.

For more information on how you can protect your child’s smile with mouth guards, contact Family 1st Dental to schedule a consultation.

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