The Importance Of Mouth Guards

Protecting your child’s teeth at a young age will help them maintain their beautiful, bright smile. Summer sports are approaching and your child might be getting involved with more physical activities. A great way to help protect your child from any risk of oral injuries is by using mouth guards. At Advanced Children’s Dentistry, we want to help protect and preserve your child’s teeth by offering customized mouth guards.

Why Does Your Child Need Mouth Guards

Your child’s smile, speech, and chewing could be affected if they were to encounter any oral injuries. Mouth guards, also known as sports guards or athletic mouth protectors, are used primarily to protect the teeth. They also protect and reduce the amount of force transmitted from a trauma impact to the central nervous system which can minimize the risk of traumatic brain injury. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), 10-20% sports related injuries are from maxillofacial injuries but the mouth guards have helped prevent 200,000 of those injuries a year. They help reduce damages in:

  • Cheek lesions
  • Gum or soft tissues
  • Jawbone fractures
  • Lip lesions
  • Tooth fractures
  • Concussions
  • Tongue lesions

Customized mouth guards compared to the “boil and bite” ones are far superior because it is the greatest degree of protection, more comfortable, and orthodontically correct. The mouth guard would fit snugly over your child’s upper teeth.

How To Care For Mouth Guards

You would want to clean the mouth guard at least once a day to prevent dirt and plaque. Good oral hygiene also helps reduce the amount of plaque buildup so make sure your child brushes their teeth two times a day.

Step 1: Use dish washing soap, or hand soap with a toothbrush and lukewarm water. Pay attention to pockets of dirt and plaque.
Step 2: Rinse the mouth guard well to avoid unpleasant irritation of oral mucosa from left over soap.
Step 3: Store in a sturdy, ventilated container so it can dry and prevent bacteria from growing.

It is important to place it back into the container to avoid any damages, you wouldn’t want to come home one day to see your child’s mouth guard in your pet’s mouth even though your pet might want to protect their teeth too.

Know when to replace your child’s mouth guard by talking to your dentist. You would want to replace it when you see signs of wear, damage, or ill fitting. Teen and children’s mouth guards tend to need more replacements because their teeth are still growing.

At Advanced Children’s Dentistry, your Garden City Pediatric Dentist, we want to make sure your children are given the opportunity to receive the best oral health care options there are available. We also want you to be knowledgeable of anything you can do to help protect your child’s oral hygiene and work out the possible options together. Call today 516-758-KIDS (5437) and reserve your child’s dental care appointment. Advanced Children’s Dentistry is proud to serve the surrounding areas: Mineola, Hempstead, West Hempstead, Franklin Square, Uniondale, New Hyde Park, Westbury, North New Hyde Park, Roosevelt, North Merrick, Roslyn, Carle Place, Williston Park, Old Westbury, Albertson, East Meadow, Garden City Park, Floral Park, East Garden City, and more.

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