Is your son or daughter an athlete? If they are, you have already been on the sidelines for some great events. You have probably spent a lot of time cheering on the worst of the elements. If your son or daughter plays soccer, you have been sitting on the sidelines during the hottest and coldest days of the year.
If your daughter plays volleyball, we bet you have been in plenty of unairconditioned gyms in July. If your son plays football, we know you have been in some sweltering games. No matter what game your athlete plays, we bet you want to make sure your child is safe every time they play. We know you worry about them hurting their arms or their legs or getting a concussion. Have you thought about them hurting their teeth? There are ways you can ensure that when your child gets banged around, their teeth are still in great shape.
Did you know that over 20% of injuries that happen to children who are playing sports happen to their mouths? They do. Those injuries can cause severe damage to the mouth of your little athlete. One of the ways you can prevent injuries to your child’s mouth is through the use of mouthguards. If you haven’t thought about mouthguards for your child, give Bryan Hill, DDS a minute to tell you about sports mouthguards.
Why Should My Child Wear Mouthguards?
Did you know that over 30 million people in the United States participate each year in some form of organized sports. That means a whole lot of people could potentially become injured. The most common type of sports facial injury is to the mouth or teeth. When the mouth isn’t protected, athletes are 60 times more likely to injure their teeth or their mouths.
What Kind of Injuries Could Happen?
There are a lot of things that could happen to your child when they are playing sports. They could get hit with a part of an athlete’s body during a block or a tackle. They might also get hit with a piece of equipment, such as a helmet or a ball. Athletes can also injure themselves without touching anyone. They can trip or fall and hit the ground with their faces. Your son or daughter might get one of their teeth knocked out during a game. Their teeth might also get displaced, which means they are in the wrong position.
How Can A Mouthguard Help?
A mouthguard can protect your son or daughter’s mouth from injuries to their mouths while playing sports. A custom mouthguard can be made to fit their mouths exactly. A sports mouthguard fits over their teeth and protects them from damage from a blow to the head. There are mouthguards you can buy over the counter, but they won’t fit your child’s mouth exactly. Custom mouthguards are better because they fit your child’s mouth exactly.
Do you have questions about protecting your child’s teeth? Give Bryan Hill, DDS a call at (509) 505-6303. We can give you all the information you need about mouthguards for your child’s sporting life.