While playing sports it is important to wear a mouth guard in order to decrease the risk of mouth or jaw injuries. The American Dental Association estimates that mouthguards prevent more than 200,000 injuries each year
! There are over five million teeth avulsed
each year due to absence of a mouthguard or even an improperly fabricated one! To protect your child’s teeth, mouth guards are a necessary piece of equipment to make sure your child prevents any injury to their mouth or jaws! There is a reason to wear them and it is more than just protecting their teeth! Below are a few reasons for understanding the importance of a properly fitted mouth guard for your child.
Here are four reasons why you should always wear a mouth guard while playing sports.
1. Protect Against Jaw Fractures
Mouth guards can protect your jaw from fractures. It reduces the amount of shock to the jaw joint as the upper and lower jaw collide and cushions the blow.
2. Protect Against Tooth Loss
Mouth guards usually cover your upper teeth. They protect not only the mouth but gums, soft tissues and jaw as well. They work by redistributing the force of the impact.
3. Protect Against Tooth Fractures
Teeth can easily be chipped or broken while playing sports. By wearing a mouth guard, the American Dental Association reports that athletes who play sports with a mouth guard are 60 times less likely to damage their teeth than those who play without one.
4. Protect Against Soft Tissue Injuries
Biting through your tongue or lips is a common injury in many sports. Mouth guards can prevent soft tissue injuries by creating a soft resistance from teeth contacting your lips and tongue.
A properly fabricated mouth guard will protect your child’s teeth by covering them! Mouth guards will also absorb any blows to the anterior teeth.
If you’re ready to take the next step to protect your smile while playing sports, contact Anchorage Pediatric Dentistry at 907-562-1003
for more information about mouth guard protection. We love helping your child obtain a lifelong healthy and beautiful smile!