When a child’s involved in a sport, he or she is going to have fun and not spend much time thinking about the safety and well being of their teeth. It’s important to provide your child with adequate protection because sports-related injuries are common and about several of them involve the mouth and teeth.
Does My Child Need a Mouth Guard?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends mouth guards for children who participate in just about any sport, but especially those involved acrobatics, contact, or the use of balls, pucks, or other equipment.
How to Choose a Mouth Guard for Your Child
There are three primary types of mouth guards:
We recommend selecting one that’s comfortable and doesn’t hinder your child’s breathing. Also, look for one that’s tear-resistant and easy to clean. Dr. Stewart can help you select the mouth guard that’ll best meet your child’s needs and your budget.
Caring for Your Child's Mouth Guard
For your child’s continued safety, it’s important to know how to store your mouth guard, how to keep it clean, and when it needs to be replaced.
Mouth guards should be replaced each new sports season. If you’re unsure whether your child’s mouth guard is in good shape, Dr. Stewart can help you determine when it’s time to get a new one.
Ask Dr. Stewart about Protecting Your Child's Smile
If your child participates in sports activities, we encourage you to talk to Dr. Stewart about the type of mouth guard that’ll best protect his or her smile. We can help you choose the best brand of pre-made and boil-and-bite mouth guards or discuss a custom-made mouth guard to protect your child’s orthodontic appliances. Dr. Stewart will also show your child the proper way to wear a mouth guard during sports for optimal protection. For more information or to schedule a sports appointment for your child, contact Kenmore Pediatric Dentistry today.