The Importance Of Mouthguards

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880

Encouraging your children to play sports is a great way for them to learn the importance of teamwork and to stay active. But as a parent, you naturally might worry about your child’s health and safety--especially the safety of their little teeth. According to the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, between ten and 39 percent of all children’s dental injuries are sports related accidents.. Protect their tiny teeth by ensuring they always wear a mouthguard!
Why Are They Important?
Mouth guards absorb the energy caused by impact and can prevent or reduce injury to the teeth, jaw, lips, cheeks and tongue. They are especially effective in reducing the risk of losing a tooth. With that said, more than 84 percent of children don’t wear mouthguards during organize sports simply because they are not required to wear them. You can be proactive and protect your child from significant dental trauma that may also affect their appearance and self-confidence.

Types of Mouthguards

Your dentist can recommend the best type of mouthguard for your child, especially if he or she has braces that could cause further injury and/or be damaged upon impact. Here are the three main types of mouthguards you should consider for your child:

How to Care For Mouth Guards:

Mouth guards should be checked regularly for any changes or wear to see if they need to be replaced. They should be washed before and after use with toothpaste or mouthwash and a soft-bristle brush in order to avoid buildup of bacteria that could cause decay or infections of the mouth. Be sure to store them in a clean and sturdy container, and keep them out of direct sunlight or extreme heat.
If you have any questions about selecting the best mouthguard for your little athlete, give us a call. Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County offers a caring and compassionate approach to pediatric dentistry, ensuring our patients are comfortable at all times. To learn more about our practice visit us here, or give us a call at 631-320-0880 to schedule an appointment today!

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