Sports are a great way for kids to stay in shape, make friends, and learn values like teamwork. However, contact sports are often a cause of injuries, specifically to the mouth. Read on to learn how to protect your child’s teeth and gums using a mouth guard:
The Importance of Mouth Guards
Mouth guards are recommended for use when participating in any high-impact activity or contact sport, but are often only required for football. These guards not only protect the teeth from impact, but can also prevent or reduce the severity of concussions. Without a mouth guard, an impact to the jaw can not only damage bone and tissue, but can have lasting effects on the brain.
Types of Mouth Guards
The cheap mouth guards that are available in sports stores are called stock mouth protectors, and are often not very comfortable or effective. “Boil and bite” mouth protectors can also be bought in sports stores, providing a slightly better fit. For the highest-quality mouth guards, visit a dentist, who can create one with a custom fit for your child.
Mouth Guard Care
Before and after each use, mouth guards should be cleaned at least with cold water, and preferably with a mouth rinse or toothpaste. Every once in a while, clean the mouth guard with soap and cool water. Store the mouth guard in a container which protects it but allows air flow, and avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures, which can warp it. Have your dentist check it regularly for damage or wear, and replace it if it loses its effectiveness.
For more information about mouth guards or to schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist, contact Best Kids Dentist in Brooklyn, NY. Our experienced staff is known for making children feel comfortable throughout their visits. Call us today at (718) 491-5300!