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Sports and Dental Safety: Protecting Your Child’s Teeth While Participating in Sports

Sports are a great way for children to stay active and healthy, but they can also pose a risk to their dental health. Dental injuries are common among children who participate in sports, and it's important for parents and caregivers to take steps to protect their child's teeth. As spring and summer sports start to ramp back up, families may find that their child is at a higher risk of a traumatic oral injury. Fortunately, wearing a sports mouthguard can reduce your chances of making any trips to the emergency room or pediatric dentist’s office. Most Common Sporting Injuries Some of the most common injuries in children who participate in sports include things like broken or chipped teeth, knocked-out teeth, and injuries to the lips, gums, and jaw. These injuries can be caused by a variety of factors, including contact with other players or equipment, falls, stray balls, and collisions (like an elbow to the mouth.) Concussions are another type of sport-related injury that’s common in children. Fortunately, sports mouthguards can help prevent—or at least lower the severity of—most of these injuries. Including concussions in children! Importance of Mouthguards in Sports Mouthguards are an essential piece of protective gear for children who participate in sports. Some teams may even require that the athletes wear them during games and practice. But even if your child is involved in a solo sport like gymnastics or riding their bike, a mouthguard is a smart investment to have. These special appliances work by cushioning the teeth and gums and preventing injuries to the mouth as they buffer bumps and hits. By creating a barrier between your child’s lips and teeth, having them wear a mouthguard can reduce things like busted lips, knocked-out teeth, and broken bones. Where to Find Athletic Mouthguards for Children It's important to note that not all mouthguards are created equal and that the American Dental Association recommends the use of custom-fitted mouthguards for the best protection. [...]



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