Does your child participate in youth sports? If so, their oral health is at risk without the use of a mouthguard! According to the American Dental Association, 10-20% of all sports related injuries are maxillofacial injuries.
The advantages of using a mouthguard during sports are tremendous. Mouthguards are essential for both contact and non-contact sports. They can reduce the risk of injuries to your teeth, lips, tongue, and soft tissues of your mouth. Usually these injuries will result in permanent damage to oral structures. Mouthguards can prevent nerve damage to a tooth, and even tooth loss! It is also important to remember that infection and damage to primary teeth can indeed impact permanent teeth!
Here are some different kinds of custom mouthguards for your child’s sport:
Football is a high impact sport that needs a mouthguard that supports the mouth and jaws from tackles.
Baseball and Softball:
A bad fall or catch could result in serious dental injuries, and can easily be prevented with a light protective mouthguard.
The sport of hockey can involve swinging sticks and human collisions that can lead to several oral injuries.
Wrestling and Boxing:
Mouthguards are essential for these high impact sports. Sturdy mouthguards with a thick lining are beneficial for wrestling and boxing.
Even though basketball is considered a non-contact sport, it can be a physically aggressive sport. When playing defense, an elbow or arm can accidentally cause a serious injury to the face and mouth.
Protect the mouth from a kick to the head or face when battling opponents.
Much like hockey, a flying stick or a elbow to the face is not uncommon when playing lacrosse.
A ball or knee to the face can negatively impact your child’s oral health. Having the right mouthguard is essential for top performance!
Without the protection of a mouthguard your child is at risk of several dental injuries:
Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment and consultation.
Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.Pradhan. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.