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Did you know that sports-related dental injuries amount to almost 40 percent of all dental trauma in children? That's why it's important for your child or teen to wear a protective mouthguard when involved in contact sports. Happy Pediatric Dental of Flower Mound is pleased to offer custom sports mouthguards created for your child's one-of-a-kind smile. Our top-of-the-line oral appliances provide the best fit, comfort, and protection.
How Do Mouthguards Reduce Dental Injury?
Mouthguards are highly recommended for children who play contact sports, including hockey, basketball, baseball, and football. They are also helpful for children involved in sports or recreational activities that pose a potential for dental injuries, such as gymnastics or skateboarding.
So how exactly do mouthguards help? Wearing a sports mouthguard lowers the risk of breaking, chipping, or knocking out a tooth. It also helps prevent injury to the soft tissues, including the lips, tongue, and cheeks. The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation estimates that children involved in sports are 60 times more likely to sustain injuries without mouthguards, leaving them at risk for long-term dental problems.
What Are the Types of Mouthguards?
Stock Mouthguards: These ready-to-wear oral appliances are the least costly. Because they come pre-formed, they usually don't fit right, often feel bulky, and may be quite uncomfortable. Stock mouthguards may interfere with breathing and speaking and don't offer a whole lot of protection due to their poor fit.
Boil and Bite Mouthguards: These sports guards are available at most sporting goods stores. For a more custom fit, you'll place the mouthguard in hot water and have your child bite down to mold it to the shape of the teeth. Boil-and-bite athletic guards provide a better fit than stock guards but are usually bulky and uncomfortable.
Custom Fitted Mouthguards: Custom sports mouth protectors are created specifically for your child's smile using state-of-the-art techniques, expertise, and materials, providing the perfect fit and maximum protection. They're also incredibly comfortable, so they won't distract your child from making that touchdown.
Caring for Mouthguards
Have your child clean the mouthguard carefully before and after each use and keep it away from high temperatures to avoid distorting its shape. When not in use, store the mouth protector in its container to prevent accidental damage.
You'll need to check the sports guard frequently to ensure there are no signs of damage or wear, which may interfere with its effectiveness. Bring the mouthguard to your child's routine dental exams and cleanings for an evaluation. We will make sure your child's smile stays well-protected.
Pediatric Mouthguards Near Me in Flower Mound, TX
If you're looking for a pediatric dentistry practice offering gentle, kid-friendly care, we invite you to visit Happy Pediatric Dental of Flower Mound. Dr. Harman and his team will do everything they can to ensure your child is comfortable and happy while receiving the best possible care.
To learn more about protecting your child's smile with a custom sports mouthguard, we invite you to call our office at 469-240-5128 or fill out our online form to request an appointment today. We look forward to caring for your child's smile!
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