Sports Safety

Posted by Little Bytes Pediatric Dentistry on Feb 6 2019, 01:14 PM

Is your child actively participating in sports? Great! Now, it’s time for you to take care of their oral safety and prevent any injuries coming their way due to unexpected trauma.

Incurring injuries to the face and mouth are common while participating in sports. However, the extent of damage can be reduced with the use of mouthguards and other oral safety appliances. According to the data obtained from the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of all the sports injuries are sustained by children.

Are sports-related oral injuries that serious?

Oral injuries while playing sports may not seem like a big deal. But, according to the data from the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation (NYSSF), youth sporting events accounted for millions of avulsed teeth cases all over the world. Sportspersons who do not wear a mouthguard are approximately 60 times more likely to get their teeth damaged (either chipping, cracks or completely knocked off).

Most often, children are seen not wearing a mouthguard even when the sport requires it. Other protective equipment such as helmets, gloves, abdomen guards, knee caps, etc. are encouraged by parents. But, when it comes to a mouthguard, which is relatively a much smaller investment, it is most often ignored.  

Get your child a mouthguard

A mouthguard is a simple an inexpensive appliance that could save your child from a lot of pain and trouble. It prevents the teeth from being knocked out when your child receives a hard blow to the mouth when they fall down or participate in tough games such as boxing or wrestling. It makes sure the force is distributed equally among all the teeth, thereby preventing just one or two teeth from taking the direct hit.

Choose the right mouthguard

Different types of mouthguards are available and choosing the right one for your child would be very important. This would ensure good functionality, proper fit and your child can wear it comfortably with it slipping off while at their game. The various types of mouthguards are as follows:

Standard sized stock mouthguard:The stock mouthguard is a ‘one size fits all’ type of oral appliance and can be picked up at any sports store. Though it protects the teeth from damage, it would neither fit perfectly nor offer great comfort. 

Boil and Bite mouthguard:Such mouthguards are made from a special type of plastic that softens on heating. The user can then bite into it and upon cooling, it would harden and retain its shape. Though it’s better than a stock mouthguard, it still doesn’t offer a perfect fit.

Customized mouthguard: It is the most preferred type of mouthguard. Almost all professional sports players choose such oral guards to protect their teeth while playing. A professional dentist would take molds of your teeth and use the data to fabricate a customized mouthguard. It would be made from dental grade plastic material and would offer a seamless fit and perfect protection to your child’s teeth.

Make the move right now and get your child a much-needed mouthguard to keep them protected. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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