In contact sport, its common practice to wear protective head and body gear, but your child’s dental care is often forgotten. Many children don’t wear mouthguards while playing sports that pose a risk of injury to the mouth, despite the recommendations made by dental professionals. Children and teenagers who play sport at or outside of school need to be protecting their teeth. So how can you protect your children’s teeth during sports?
The Benefits Of Mouthguards
Many children neglect mouthguards because they don’t like the appearance of them, how they feel in the mouth or it impacts their speaking. But the benefits of wearing a mouthguard far outweigh these ideas. Mouthguards absorb the shock of trauma to the face, protecting teeth from being knocked out by a blow during sport. Mouthguards also spread the impact, preventing chips, cracks and other painful and unsightly dental injuries. Plus, by enclosing your child’s teeth, mouthguards protect the rest of your mouth from cuts that often occur during a sporting accident.
Why Your Child Needs A Mouthguard
Teeth that have been knocked our or damaged, broken jaws and cut lips not only affect your child’s confidence and cause them pain, they can make it difficult to eat and talk. Not to mention that they are often expensive to fix. It’s even more important for your child to wear a properly fitted mouthguard if you have crowns, implants, dentures, veneers or braces, as damage to your teeth can be even worse. Dental injuries are not easy to recover from, often requiring time off school to heal.
Choosing A Mouthguard For Your Child
Many brands and types of mouthguards are available for purchase. You can buy a “boil and bite” mouthguard over the counter, which are relatively inexpensive and have a pre-formed shape. But since the fit can’t be adjusted, they’re less effective than a fitted option. Custom mouthguards are considered the best option. Since they are made by your dentist from a mould of your teeth, they fit tightly and correctly. The expense of a custom-fitted mouthguard is small compared with the time and money you may have to spend as a result of not wearing one.
Getting Fitted For A Custom Mouthguard
To have your child fitted for a custom mouthguard, start by meeting with your dentist. They’ll discuss the kind of sport or activity they need the mouthguard for. After a mouth assessment to determine fit and coverage, the dentist will make a mouthguard using a moulded impression of your child’s mouth. This helps it to fit exactly onto the teeth and doesn’t move, allowing them to breathe freely and even speak normally, after a short period of getting used to the mouthguard.
Protecting Children’s Teeth In Sydney
For your child’s safety and your own peace of mind, invest in a customised mouthguard. At Dental Care Glebe, we offer our patients custom fitted mouthguards for protection of their mouth against knocks or heavy contact during sports. Contact us at our Sydney office today to enquire about our custom fitting mouthguard service.