Most children like playing sports; however, they can be dangerous for their body and mouth. Mouth guards were made to help prevent any dental injuries while playing sports.
A mouthguard is a very inexpensive protective gear that one can buy for a sport that can shield and protect a user’s teeth from any mouth injuries. Unfortunately, over 80% of children playing in organized sports still do not wear mouth guards. This is because children are not required to wear them while playing.
They are however required to protect other body parts with shin guards, helmets, and more.
Because children are not enforced to wear mouthguards, they avoid wearing them in the first place. This is unfortunate because without protection, they can be vulnerable to jaw injuries, knocked out teeth, including more. The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation estimated that all children that are currently playing organized sports in total will lose about three million teeth within a year. Also, children when compared to adults, have a higher chance of losing teeth up to sixty times over! Children from the age of five to roughly thirteen years old have accumulated about seven million sport-related injuries annually. Children’s teeth are growing and are delicate during their childhood making them more vulnerable to dental injuries.
If you purchased for your child a mouth guard from a sports store and they are uncomfortable, you can request a custom one at your dentist’s office to fit their teeth exactly. Some mouth guards can cover gums however not all do. Although custom mouth guards are more expensive than store bought ones, they can feel more comfortable to wear and have the added benefit of protecting their teeth better which will save you from spending extra money on dental procedures.
You should consider your choices for your child’s teeth or talk to their pediatric dentist for the best decision for them.