If your child is involved in sports, whether it is soccer, football, baseball or something else, you know the importance of good protective gear. However, the proper gear for protecting your child from an injury involves more than just the padding that worn on the outside. Measures must also be taken to protect your child’s teeth and jaw. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), between 10% and 40% of dental injuries sustained by children are sports-related. If your child plays sports, a high-quality mouthguard is essential. At National Dental Hicksville, we can help.
A mouth guard is an oral device that is used to protect your child’s mouth while playing sports. It serves many important functions:
There are three major types of mouthguards:
For your child’s mouthguard to do its job effectively, the mouthguard needs to be properly cared for. It should be rinsed out before and after every use. Brushing the mouthguard with toothpaste is a better option. Occasionally, it can be cleaned thoroughly with soap and water.
When not in use, your child’s mouthguard should be stored in a protective case that has vent holes, so air can circulate, preventing the buildup of bacteria. Do not let your child leave their mouthguard exposed to heat or sunlight for prolonged periods of time. Moreover, at the first sign of damage, get the mouthguard replaced.
Mouthguards have many benefits:
A high-quality mouthguard is an essential piece of protective gear your child should not be without. Contact National Dental Hicksville at (516) 629-5086 to get your child’s mouthguard today.