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January

3 Tips For Protecting Children’s Teeth During Sports Activities

Delights and Dangers of Kids and Sports
Engagement in athletics teaches your child the following:

  • discipline
  • teamwork
  • communication
  • and endurance

These four traits are crucial to long term success at school, work or play and developing over all confidence and friendships. Even so, playing sports presents a certain degree of risk, especially to your child’s teeth.

Close calls, collisions and sports injuries to teeth are inevitable, even a bizarre rite of passage, in contact sports, such as

  • football
  • hockey
  • and volleyball

Other sports involving bats, balls and sticks entail frequent and intense contact between players that pose long term challenges to your child’s dental health.

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to protect your child from sports injuries to teeth.

Dental Mouthguards
Dental mouthguards shield your child’s teeth from the effects of shock and impact during close contact sports, such as hockey, soccer and football. Mouthguards are either generic or custom fit by a dentist.

Some generic mouthguards are one-size-fits-all. Another generic type requires you to soak it first. After soaking the mouthguard, your child slips it into his mouth and bites down to mold the mouthguard to the contours of his teeth and mouth.

Generic mouthguards are cheap and readily accessible over the counter, but they can never provide the degree of comfort and protection of a custom mouthguard from a dentist.

Obtaining a custom mouthguard from your family dentist is far less complicated than it sounds. One visit is all it takes, and your dentist typically creates the mouthguard from very soft but durable plastic material that fits precisely and comfortably while protecting your child’s teeth from the effects of impacts.

Helmets
Helmets protect your child’s head from concussions and dangerous collisions, which potentially result in

  • chipped
  • cracked
  • or knocked-out teeth

According to Livestrong.com, Xenith, Schutt and Riddell produce some of the most resilient kids sports helmets whose construction entails the highest quality anti-concussion technology. More than teeth, these helmets also protect your kids from neck injuries. They retail for roughly $80 to $300 as of 2016.

Routine Dental Visits
Routine dental visits are advisable for general dental health, but they also allow your dentist to intercept any subtle side effects on your child’s teeth sustained during contact sports. The effects of collisions, falls and impacts are not always visible to the naked eye, so it’s always a good idea to catch trauma before it gets worse.

Call our office today to set up an appointment and our Mooresville family dentists can help you explore further options for protecting your active child’s teeth.

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