Your child’s smile is a winning smile, and at Dentistry for Children Virginia, we want to help you keep it that way. If your child plays a high-contact sport, our dentists highly recommend wearing a sports mouthguard to protect their smile from impact. When your child takes the court, field, or rink, we want to be there to help protect their teeth from injury at every practice, scrimmage, and game.
Does My Child Need a Mouthguard?
We understand as parents, you want to keep your child safe in every situation. With high-contact sports, accidents can happen, and a mouthguard can provide an extra layer of safety and peace of mind for every parent in the stands. Think of a mouthguard as an extension of their uniform! Sports mouthguards can encourage a healthy, active lifestyle while allowing your child to play safely and have fun.
Benefits of Wearing a Mouthguard During Sports
Wearing a mouthguard during high-contact sports is a great way to protect smiles and reduce the risk of a dental injury during play. A cracked, chipped, or knocked-out tooth can have a negative effect on not only your child’s dental health, but also their confidence. Millions of teeth are lost each year to sports-related injuries, and our team is here to protect your child’s teeth and preserve them for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
A sports mouthguard can help prevent dental injury, including tooth loss or damage to the cheek, lip, and/or tongue. Mouthguards help prevent injury by distributing the force of impact that could potentially cause harm if a mouthguard was not being worn. Tooth loss or a dental injury can cause disfigurement and impact your child’s self-esteem. Talk to your child’s dentist about wearing a mouthguard during high-contact sports and discuss the right option for their champion smile!
How to Take Care of a Mouthguard
Taking good care of a sports mouthguard is essential to receive optimal protection and make sure your child’s teeth stay safe and healthy. Our dentists recommend taking care of your mouthguard just like you’d take care of your teeth! Brush your mouthguard with a toothbrush and toothpaste after each wear and store it in a protective case in between wears to protect it from being damaged.
Be sure to protect your mouthguard from heat. Don’t leave it in the sun or expose it to hot water, as it may deform or melt the mouthguard. Remember to replace your child’s mouthguard at the beginning of each season to ensure it fits your child’s growing and developing mouth. Proper fit is key for protecting your child’s smile. If your child has braces, your pediatric dentist may recommend a custom mouthguard to ensure they are protected each time they step on the field.
Schedule an Appointment for A Custom Mouthguard
Schedule an appointment at our conveniently located offices in Herndon and Fairfax and learn more about custom sports mouthguards for your child. Our talented, passionate dentists are here to help your child have a safe and healthy smile from practice to the championship podium.