Downey Park Family Dentistry is excited to announce that our offices are reopen to serve our community. We are taking additional special measures to ensure the health and safety of our patients and team, and appreciate your understanding that things will look and function a bit differently in our office for the time being.
Sports are extremely important and beneficial in a child’s physical development, and they also encourage the development of a healthy social life, self-esteem, and discipline. Playing sports can give little ones courage to push their own limits, but sometimes enthusiasm or a moment of distraction can lead to an accident.
Losing a tooth can be traumatic for children and adults alike. Not only does it affect the appearance, but it can be painful and lead to receding bones and other complications. This is why it’s very important to wear protective equipment, including a mouthguard.
Many sports pose the risk of injuries to the face and teeth, but any contact sport can potentially lead to accidents to the head. People practicing sports like soccer, boxing, football, hockey, basketball, skateboarding, or mountain cycling should get a mouthguard.
Children and adults practicing contact sports should wear a mouthguard just as they wear their helmet, knee protection, or another type of protective equipment. Accidents can happen anytime, so wear the mouthguard at every practice, game, or recreational activity that involves injury risks.
Mouthguards vary in quality, cost, and effectiveness. Any mouthguard is better than nothing, but ideally, it should be custom-made to fit the child’s teeth and provide a high level of protection and comfort.
Because it is exposed to the bacteria in the mouth, a mouthguard has to be cleaned thoroughly after each use. If hygiene is neglected, a dirty mouthguard can promote tooth decay and plaque. You can easily clean the mouthguard with fresh water and mild soap, using a toothbrush. It has to be dried or kept in freshwater if it’s made of acryl.
Yes, children with braces can wear custom-made mouthguards to protect their teeth. Patients with braces on the lower teeth can get guards for the lower jaw as well to decrease the risks of injury even further.
If your child needs a mouthguard, book an appointment with the friendly team at First Smiles Children’s Dentistry and we will create the perfect device for your little one.
Contact us now to book your appointment.