Whether it’s football, soccer, or basketball, sports are a great way for your child to get active and be involved. However, when it comes to contact sports especially, there are some risks for injury. To protect your child, you make sure that they wear all of the right protective gear like knee pads or shin guards. Mouth Guards are also a crucial component of your child’s protection. At Nelson R. Diers Orthodontics, we can help to protect your child’s oral health with a custom fit mouth guard.
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What is a Mouth Guard?
Sports-related dental injuries account for approximately 10% to 40% of all dental injuries in children. A mouth guard is an oral device that is designed to protect your child’s mouth. It covers their teeth and cushions them in the event of an impact. Functions of a mouth guard include:
Types of Mouth Guards
There are a few different types of mouth guards:
Care for Mouth Guards
For your child’s mouth guard to protect their teeth, it needs to be taken care of properly. It should be rinsed with water before and after each use (brushing with toothpaste is better). Every so often, it should be washed with soap and water. When not in use, the mouth guard should be stored in a hard, protective case. The case should have vents, or air holes, to promote airflow. This will help to prevent bacterial growth. Make sure that your child does not leave their mouth guard exposed to heat or direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time. The moment you notice damage or signs of wear, it is time for a replacement. Damaged mouth guards cannot properly protect your child’s mouth.
Benefits of Mouth Guards
Mouth guards offer numerous benefits for your child:
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