April is National Facial Protection Month, and we are reminding you that it’s not only important to wear a helmet when participating in sports, but also a mouthguard as well. Everyone wants kids to stay active, but we also want them to stay out of the emergency room after suffering a sports-related dental injury.
The American Dental Association cites that athletes are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth when they are not wearing a mouthguard.
When it comes to family dentistry in Elk Grove Village, Dr. Vishal Advani does not want your child visiting our office to repair the damage that could have been preventable with a mouthguard.
How Does a Mouthguard Prevent Injuries to the Mouth?
A mouthguard provides a cushion between whatever causes the impact and the teeth; it also prevents teeth from mashing together violently.
What Kind of Mouthguard Should My Child Use?
Mouthguards can be purchased over-the-counter at many pharmacies and sporting goods stores. They are inexpensive and come in an array of different sizes. These are certainly better than nothing, but it’s important to keep in mind that they don’t last very long. They also tend to be uncomfortable, so there is a tendency for kids not to wear them.
Another type of OTC mouthguard is a boil-and-bite style. These are literally boiled, then placed into the mouth so your child can bite down on it, so it conforms to his or her mouth. These are more comfortable to wear, but they tend to be a bit thinner than other mouthguards.
A dentist can also custom-make a mouthguard that offers better protection than anything that is purchased at the local store. They are more comfortable since they are made to fit your child’s mouth, so athletes have a higher tendency to wear them. Thickness can be adjusted, depending on the nature of your child’s sport.
Don’t risk preventable oral injuries because your child is not wearing a mouthguard! Call Elk Grove Smile Center in Elk Grove Village for more information on mouthguards or anything related to family dentistry. We look forward to hearing from you!