Protecting Your Child’s Teeth During Sports

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When your child is preparing for sports practice or a game, you wouldn’t dream of going without their uniform. If your child is playing a contact sport like football or hockey, they should always have a helmet and pads on before going near the field or rink. However, if you aren’t using a sports mouth guard for your child’s practices and matches, you are missing a vital piece of protective gear.

Each year, an estimated 13-39% of all dental injuries occur while playing sports. Since mouth guards were made a mandatory part of American football, about 200,000 injuries to the mouth and teeth have been prevented annually. 

However, the dangers of tooth and mouth injuries do not end with contact sports. In fact, recent studies have found that today’s basketball players are far more likely to suffer injuries to the face, mouth, and teeth than football players. For these sports, contact comes from the ball, ground, hoop, or other surface rather than other players, so mouth guards are not currently required by most schools and many teams. 

Protect your child’s teeth with a sports mouth guard. Dr. Timari Schweizer will custom-fit their mouth guard to keep them safe while they play.

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Protection from Injuries

Athletic mouth guards provide essential protection for your child’s teeth and mouth during sports activities. They help prevent injuries such as broken teeth, cut lips, and other oral damage caused by impacts.

Custom Fit for Comfort

Custom-made mouthguards are tailored to fit your child’s unique dental structure, ensuring maximum comfort and effectiveness. Unlike store-bought options, custom mouthguards stay securely in place and allow for easy breathing and speaking.

Reduces Risk of Concussions

Wearing a mouth guard can help reduce the risk of concussions by absorbing and distributing the force of impact to the jaw. This added layer of protection is crucial for contact sports where collisions are common.

Encourages Safe Play

By wearing a mouth guard, your child can play sports with confidence, knowing their teeth and mouth are protected. This encourages safe play and reduces the worry of dental injuries, allowing your child to focus on enjoying the game.

Long-Lasting Durability

Custom athletic mouthguards are made from high-quality materials that offer long-lasting durability. With proper care, they can withstand the rigors of sports activities and provide reliable protection for an extended period.

Wearing an athletic mouth guard during sports can prevent up to 60% of dental injuries. Custom-fitted mouth guards provide the best protection and comfort for your child’s teeth and mouth.