Photo of a custom made mouth guard to prevent dental trauma caused by sports injuries.

Why Young Athletes Need Mouth Guards

April 9, 2021 7:42 pm Published by

Some of the most common dental emergencies are the result of tooth trauma caused by sports. If your children are athletes, the extra expense of a sports guard may pay for itself by preventing serious, and sometimes costly dental accidents. Kids often wear helmets and pads to keep them safe, and you should consider protecting their teeth too. Let’s review the importance of sports guards.

Does Your Child Need a Sports Guard?

Whether or not your child needs a sports guard depends on what sports they play. The more physical contact in the sport, the greater the chance of injury. It would be beneficial for your child to wear a sports guard if they participate in the following activities.

  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Rugby
  • Boxing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • And more

If there’s a chance that your child could get hit in the mouth, you should consider getting them a sports guard. You may want to encourage your child to wear a sports guard at official sporting events and at practices too.

How Does a Sports Guard Work?

A sports guard covers your child’s teeth and acts as a barrier from damage. If your child gets hit, the force of the blow will be absorbed by the sports guard. This will help minimize dental damage.

Where Can You Get a Sports Guard?

There are a couple of different options if you want to get your child a sports guard. The first option is to buy a sports guard at a local drug store or sporting goods store. While this is a convenient way to get a sports guard, it may not be the best choice. These types of sports guards don’t always fit a child’s mouth and can be uncomfortable to wear. We recommended a custom-made sports guard for your child from Pleasanton Children’s Dentistry & Braces. This will fit in their mouth perfectly and protect their teeth from any sports-related damage. A proper fit will ensure that your child will wear it more often and that it won’t restrict their ability to breathe.

Comprehensive Dental Care at Pleasanton Children’s Dentistry

At Pleasanton Children’s Dentistry, we pride ourselves on our comprehensive care to help with your child’s dental needs. At your next preventive care visit, talk to us about our custom mouth guards if you are concerned about protecting your child’s teeth when they participate in sports. If you’re interested in learning more or don’t want to wait for your next visit, please don’t hesitate to call us. We are happy to answer questions and schedule appointments at a time that works for you.

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