Sports can sometimes lead to dental injuries, but using a mouthguard is an effective way to prevent them. The American Dental Association recommends mouthguards for numerous activities, from football to gymnastics.
Choosing the Right Mouthguard
Three primary types are pre-made, “boil-and-bite”, and custom-made. A good mouthguard should be tear-resistant, fit well, easy to clean, and not impede breathing. If your child has braces, wearing a mouthguard is even more crucial.
Maintaining Your Child’s Mouthguard
- Proper care ensures the mouthguard provides the necessary protection:
- Clean with toothpaste and a toothbrush after each use.
- Store it in its protective case.
- Avoid exposing it to extreme heat to prevent deformation.
- Replace it every sports season or if it shows wear and misfit.
- For those with braces, consult your dentist for a suitable mouthguard.
- Refrain from chewing on the mouthguard or altering its structure.
- Have it inspected during regular dental check-ups.
Always prioritize your child’s dental safety in sports. Discuss mouthguards with your dentist during your next visit.