- February 15, 2020
As you prepare for an upcoming sports season, it’s important to make sure your kids have all the necessary equipment to participate. But there is one significant piece of equipment that many parents forget about: a mouthguard.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), more than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented every year by wearing a mouthguard. While they aren’t required for every sport, it’s worth noting that over 3 million teeth are knocked out every year in kids’ sports.
Athletic mouthguards are important because they help prevent teeth from getting broken, chipped, or knocked out. They also help protect your child’s lips, tongue, and face, and help redistribute forces when your child receives a blow to the head. A mouthguard won’t necessarily prevent a concussion, but it can help reduce the severity of one.
If you plan on signing your kids up for sports this spring, learn more about why you should get custom-fitted mouthguards for them. Then call [phone] to visit Brandon Family in Ortonville, MI.
Who Should Wear Mouthguards?
Those who are most at-risk for a lost or damaged tooth are kids aged 8 to 12 who participate in baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, football, rugby, and lacrosse. But even children who participate in non-contact sports or recreational activities like mountain biking, skateboarding, or climbing can benefit from wearing a mouthguard.
Even if your child has braces, a mouthguard can still be worn. In most cases, a mouthguard can help prevent damage to the brackets on your child’s teeth while preventing severe damage from occurring to the soft tissues in your child’s mouth.
Types of Mouthguards
There are different types of mouthguards available to best suit your child’s needs. At Brandon Family Dental, we are more than happy to help you find the right type or even make a mouthguard for your child.
- Pre-formed mouth protectors – This type of mouthguard is sold at sporting goods stores and come ready to wear. They are inexpensive but one-size-fits-all. They tend to be bulky, provide little or no protection, and make talking difficult. They work as a last-minute resort, but they’re not recommended.
- Boil-and-bite mouth protectors -This type of mouthguard can also be found at sporting goods stores. They are a step above pre-formed mouth protectors. This type of mouthguard is placed in hot water to soften it, then put in the mouth so that it can be shaped.
- Custom-fit mouth protectors – For the most protection and optimal comfort, we recommend custom-fit mouth protectors. These mouthguards are custom-made in our office using special materials. They cost more than the other options but they are the best in terms of quality.
At Brandon Family Dental, we work hard every day to help our patients maintain a healthy mouth. We would love to help you prepare your child for an upcoming sports season by making them a custom-fit mouthguard.
To get mouthguards for yourself and your loved ones, call our Ortonville, MI office at [phone] or contact us online. We can answer any questions you may have and get you scheduled for an appointment.