Child Athlete Safety: Custom-Fitted Mouthguards
Not only can a mouthguard save your child’s smile, it can help save you thousands of dollars in the long run should a dental catastrophe occur.
According to USA Today and additional sources, there are 35 million kids between the ages of 5-18 who play organized sports each year. That’s an impressive number, and The Smile Generation® wants to recognize those parents who encourage their children to live healthy, happy lives.
A big concern, however, is the number of active children who are not wearing mouthguards. April is National Youth Sports Safety Month and National Facial Protection Month, and we’d like to play our part in educating parents on why mouthguards should be considered a required protective accessory for any child playing sports.
The American Dental Association (ADA) claims that an athlete is said to suffer 60x worse harm to his/her teeth if not wearing a mouthguard. Among these injuries, fractures (broken or chipped teeth), avulsions (knocked-out teeth) and luxations (tooth in wrong position) are most common. Other than broken teeth, there is also risk for jaw injuries and cuts to the lips and tongue.
A custom-fitted mouthguard from a Smile Generation-trusted dentist can greatly reduce the risk of dental injuries. Mouthguards protect the mouth from impact and may even reduce the rate and severity of a concussion.
Another option for concerned parents would be to purchase a store-bought mouthguard. A few types of store-bought mouthguards are readily available, and although they may not feel as comfortable or as protective as custom-made mouthguards, they do still provide some form of defense and are affordable, too. According to the ADA, a mouthguard should fit properly, be resilient and tear resistant, clean easily, and not restrict speech or breathing.
If cost is a factor in why you haven’t looked into purchasing a mouthguard, consider that a sports-related dental injury can cost thousands of dollars. Ask your Smile Generation-trusted dentist about a custom-fitted mouthguard today. Affordable payment options and access to a dental discount plan may be available through your Smile Generation-trusted dental office.
Athletes who are participating in the following sports should consider wearing a mouthguard: acrobatics, basketball, bicycling, boxing, equestrian events, extreme sports, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, inline skating, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skating, skiing, skydiving, snowboarding, soccer, softball, squash, surfing, track sports, trampolining, volleyball, wakeboarding, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.
Looking for a dentist whom you can trust? The Smile Generation has both general dentists and pediatric specialists to serve you. Visit SmileGeneration.com or MyKidsDentistOnline.com or EveryKidsDentist.com (for Arizona residents) to find a Smile Generation-trusted dentist near you today!