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Sports and Mouthguards

Posted on August 8, 2013 in General oral health

Your children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, and sports are a great way to ensure they stay physically fit. However, there are a few precautions that you should take before sending your kids into the field. For example, you should ensure that they are wearing 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 your child. Talk to your dentist to learn more about custom-made mouthguards.

Your kids might not like it when they are 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.