The Importance of Mouthguards for Children


The Importance of Mouthguards for Children

Did you know that over 25 million children participate in some sort of competitive sport in the United States?  Youth sports are a great way to teach kids about teamwork, wellness, and dedication; skills that will last them a lifetime.  However, if they overlook using a mouthguard, their teeth won’t last a lifetime and the need for restorative dentistry will take away from their time on the field or court.  At Thoroughdent Smiles, parents trust us for their children’s oral health and dental services, to help keep them protected with knowledge about mouthguards. ( I am not sure what this is trying to say, please re-phrase )

Sports Equipment and Mouthguards

As your daughter or son starts their season this spring, consider a mouthguard as an essential part of their safety equipment.  Mouthguards keep teeth protected and prevent future damage to jaw joints that can result in Temporomandibular Disorder of the TMJ.   An elbow to the face can damage teeth and gums which have consequences on their oral health. If a tooth is knocked loose or even bruised, the nerves and root can be damaged and limit the chance of our Georgetown, KY dentist saving the tooth.  A mouthguard lessens the impact and ensures your child’s teeth are protected.

Sports and Mouthguards

Any contact sport that has the potential to cause an accident should require a mouthguard.  Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. If your child plays baseball, softball, soccer, hockey, football, basketball, or participates in martial arts, talk with our Georgetown, KY dentist (Dr. Neda or Dr. Smith)  about getting fitted for a mouthguard. Solo sports like track, tennis, skateboarding, or biking can also utilize mouthguards. If your child grinds or clenches their teeth participating in these sports, a mouthguard can keep their teeth safe.

Mouthguards Offer Protection

The most common danger to your young athlete’s smile is a knocked out tooth.  Mouthguards protect their smiles from this danger. They also can protect against soft tissue injuries, fractured jaws, and broken teeth.  

If you are concerned about the impact sports can have on your loved one’s smile, give us a call or check us out on Facebook for more dental tips.  We can help you decide which mouthguard is right for your child.  We’ll make sure their smile is protected as well as their oral health.