Most kids love sports, but they can be dangerous. Mouth guards are a simple solution that can help prevent mouth and teeth related injuries.
Mouth guards are one of the most inexpensive pieces of protective gear, and they help drastically reduce oral injuries. Despite this, the American Dental Association reports that 84% of kids do not wear mouth guards while playing organized sports.
Why, you ask?
Because they are not required to wear them.
Many sports require other protective gear such as shoulder pads, helmets, and shin guards.
But since mouth guards are not required, most children choose not to wear them. The result is knocked out teeth, damaged gums, and injured jaws. The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation (NYSSF) predicted that children participating in organized sports would lose a combined 3 million teeth in one year. They also noted that youth athletes are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth when they do not wear mouth guards. Children as young as 5 years of age receive more than half of the 7 million sports-related injuries each year. As their facial bones, teeth, and gums are more delicate and less developed, their injuries are more likely to result in serious medical or developmental issues.
Mouth guards can be customized by dentists or purchased in any sports gear or apparel store. While store-bought options are typically not as effective as customized mouth guards, they are better than nothing. All mouth guards should cover the teeth, and some will even cover the gums. Athletes should still be able to speak and breathe regularly when wearing a mouth guard. Even with the added cost of customization, the price of a mouth guard is substantially lower than almost all other protective gear. In addition, when you consider the added costs of possible medical and dental bills that you could avoid, a mouth guard is undoubtedly a great investment for your child.
Head to your local sports store or talk to your pediatric dentist today to find the best mouth guard for your child.