Your Child Needs A Mouthguard For Sports

Your Child Needs A Mouthguard For Sports
Posted on 10/30/2019
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Why Your Child Needs A Mouthguard When Playing Sports

When your child plays sports, they are typically required to wear protective gear such as shoulder pads, shin guards, goggles, and helmets, but what about mouthguards? According to the American Dental Association, 84% of children do not wear mouthguards because they are not required to wear them, which seems contrary to what you would expect since dental injury is the most common facial injury in sports.

What Does a Mouthguard Do?

A mouthguard is a thin piece of plastic that is placed over the teeth to protect your child’s oral structure and minimizes the chance of injury to the mouth and jaw from playing sports. 

While some leagues and schools do require mouthguards for sports, many do not. As an O’Fallon orthodontist, we have patients that come in with chipped and broken teeth from a variety of contact sports. If your child participates in soccer, baseball, basketball, lacrosse or other activities like ice skating and skateboarding, they should wear a mouthguard, even if it is not required.

What if They Only Have Baby Teeth?

Many people do not understand the importance of baby teeth, so they don’t think about using a mouthguard for a small child. The truth of the matter is baby teeth are important because they help children chew properly for good nutrition, help with speech development and they save spaces for permanent teeth.

Baby teeth should be protected by a mouthguard because a dental injury can damage the bone that supports the teeth, which can lead to damage of developing permanent teeth, as well as causing alignment and spacing issues.

Contact Your O’Fallon Orthodontist Today

At White Orthodontics, we believe that sports should be fun, but a dental injury will put a damper on the fun your child has when playing sports. We highly recommend that all children wear mouthguards when playing sports to decrease their chances of dental injury.

You should also bring your child’s mouthguard with you to every visit so that we can ensure that it fits properly. Your child’s mouthguard will need to be replaced as your child grows, when they lose teeth and if it becomes worn out.

If you are looking for an O’Fallon orthodontist that provides outstanding orthodontic care, as well as important information about your child’s oral health, contact the team at White Orthodontics or complete our online appointment form, and we will contact you.