If you have a child who plays sports, you likely want to ensure that they can enjoy their favorite outdoor activity in a way that’s engaging and safe. In honor of National Youth Sports Safety month and National Facial Protection month, we figured now would be the perfect time to talk about why protecting your child’s teeth is such an important concern when they play sports. While helmets and protective eyewear are often standard, fewer parents realize that sports guards are equally important to their child’s wellbeing. Learn more about why sports guards are so important in today’s blog, below.
Dental injuries are common during sports
Sports guards are often required during contact sports such as football, lacrosse, ice hockey, and field hockey, but this doesn’t mean that other sports don’t risk hurting your child’s teeth. A speeding softball or even a flying ultimate frisbee can quickly crack or chip a tooth and leave your child with an unexpected Jack-O-Lantern grin. Millions of teeth are knocked out in sports-related injuries every year, which is why it is so important that you insist your child wears a sports guard even if they are not playing one of the big four contact sports.
How to choose the right sports guard for your child
For years, many children dreaded using a mouthguard because they were stiff and uncomfortable. Luckily, technology has come a long way so now this important piece of safety equipment is more comfortable than ever. You’ll need to invest in a high-quality dental guard because it will not only protect your child’s teeth, but their jaw alignment as well. The best types of mouthguards to choose are the type that are boiled and then molded to your child’s teeth. These can be purchased at any sporting equipment store and they will customize their shape to fit the unique configuration of your child’s jaw and teeth. By investing in a mouthguard now, you can protect your child from injuries that could impact their entire life.
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