Mouthguards and Sports: What’s the Big Deal?

Did you know that seventy percent of injuries that occur during game-play occur when the injured athlete is not wearing a mouth guard? That means that the risk for sustaining injuries when not wearing a mouthguard is exceedingly high. An estimated 200,000 injuries involving the mouth can be prevented each year, just by wearing a mouth guard.

When it comes to adolescents, it is crucial to begin solidifying good dental hygiene habits. Mouthguards come in many different types of material and can even be custom-fitted to your child’s mouth for the highest level of protection. Consider taking the safe route and schedule a consultation with Dr. Sybil today to discuss custom-fitted mouthguards for your child.

Types of Mouthguards

The most common kinds of mouthguards include the following:

  • Stock Mouthguards
    • Generally found in sporting goods stores, these are your average mouthguards that provide protection for your teeth- but a major disadvantage is that they can’t be precisely fitted.
    • Often leave spaces and gaps which leave your teeth vulnerable.
    • Materials used to make these are low quality.
  • Boil-and-Bite
    • This type of mouthguard is boiled in water and then placed in the mouth to help mold it to the teeth.
    • These are a step above stock mouthguards, as they do provide a more proper fit and bite since they are shaped using your own teeth.
    • The materials used are lower quality than you would get at a dentist’s office, which could lead to a loss in durability, an increase in the need for replacements, and reduced protection.
  • Custom Mouthguards
    • Get the most for your money with this kind of mouthguard. Custom-fitting mouthguards not only provide the most precise protection but are also much more comfortable for your child’s mouth.
    • Durability is not an issue when you choose to protect your child with a custom mouthguard.
    • It is recommended by most dentists since custom mouthguards last much longer, as well as provide excellent protection and comfort.

The Consequences of Not Wearing a Mouthguard

Oral injuries don’t just occur from contact sports. Sports like gymnastics, skateboarding, bicycle riding and baseball also pose a risk for dental damage. Common oral injuries that occur during game-play include (but are not limited to):

  • Chipped teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Jaw injuries
  • Cuts to the tongue, lips and cheeks
  • Concussions
  • According to the American Dental Association, athletes are more prone to severe concussions when they are not wearing a mouthguard.

Treatment for Oral Injuries

Depending on the type of injury that you sustain, treatment can vary from a tooth replacement and consequently the installation of a dental implant or bridge, to oral and maxillofacial surgery. If a tooth is chipped, sometimes all that needs to be done is a quick and painless filling. Call your child’s dentist to have their injured site looked at.

Advanced Children’s Dentistry provides an educational and fun experience for children’s dentistry near Suffolk, Nassau, Queens, Brooklyn, New York City, and the Bronx. Schedule your child’s dental appointment with our pediatric dentist in Garden City, NY at 516-758-KIDS.

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