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Sports and Mouthguards

Posted on August 8, 2013 in General oral health

Children and adults need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Sports are a great way to ensure you and your child is physically fit. However, there are a few precautions that you should take before you and/or your kids go on the field. For example, you should ensure the wearing of protective gear like helmets, knee and shoulder pads, face cages, and . . . especially, mouthguards.

Why, you ask? Studies have consistently shown that mouthguards effectively protect teeth, gums, lips, and cheeks from sports-related injuries. They are usually made of plastic, and are worn over the teeth. They act as shock absorbers, prevent lacerations from collisions, and go a long way in keeping long-term problems from dental trauma at bay. Moreover, they are easily available and can be purchased at the local sports store. You can even get one custom-made for you and/or child. Talk to your dentist to learn more about custom-made mouthguards.

Your kids might not like it when forced to wear mouthguards. Let's face it . . . you don't look very pretty with a mouthguard on. But, let your kids know that by wearing mouthguards, they can protect their beautiful smile and self-confidence. After all, mouthguards can only make them look less stylish for so long, but a dental trauma will do it for the rest of their life. And, remember to reinforce mouthguard use to your kids by wearing your own mouthguard when playing sports.