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The Most Important Sports Accessory for Your Child

September 17, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — waynedentistry @ 7:11 pm

Mouthguard Does your child simply love sports and physical activity? If so, you’ve probably made sure that they have everything they need to have fun and be safe. However, the most important sporting accessory may be something that’s less obvious than cleats or pads. A custom-made mouthguard from a children’s dentist will protect your son or daughter’s teeth from harm and dental injury. Keep reading to learn about the importance of mouthguards and why you should get one professionally made instead of purchasing in-store.

The Importance of a Healthy Smile

Besides the obvious pain that dental injury can cause, there’s another reason to protect your child’s teeth. Dental injuries early on will most likely lead to regular maintenance of a dental restoration for the rest of their lives. This not only adds extra cost to their dental care, but it can even cause self-consciousness among children and teens.

Why Does Your Child Need a Mouthguard?

Just like your kids need shoulder pads to protect their shoulders, they need mouthguards to protect their teeth. Although tooth enamel is the strongest material in the body, it can still be broken, cracked, or damaged through physical activity. A proper mouthguard can protect teeth from harm, and even ease concussion to the mouth that your child may experience during sports or playtime.

You may think that mouthguards only come in handy during sports like football and hockey, but these oral appliances can be worn on the playground and with other sports. Many kids have dental injuries on the monkey bars, and studies show that around 40% of dental injuries in high school sports occur in baseball and basketball.

Professional Vs. Store Bought

While getting your little one any mouthguard is better than none at all, a custom-made oral appliance from a dentist offers unique advantages that you won’t be able to get with store-bought products, including:

  • Longevity: Mouthguards from your dentist are built to last. While they may come with a higher price tag, they last years compared to in-store solutions that typically get worn out after one season.
  • Protection: Professional mouthguards absorb concussion and protect teeth better than anything you can find in store.
  • Comfort: Custom-fitted to your son or daughter’s smile, mouthguards from your dentist are much more comfortable to wear, allowing athletes to play without irritation.
  • Ease of use: Because professional mouthguards are custom made, you won’t have to boil and bite, create your own molds, or do any extra steps to give your kid full smile protection.

Are you ready to prevent dental injury from affecting your child’s smile? Contact your dentist to get started on a custom-made mouthguard.

About the Practice

At Wayne Family Dentistry, we have 4 dentists on staff who each have experience and training that allows them to create high-quality mouthguards. They know how important it is to protect teeth early on in life, which is why they offer this amazing service. For any questions, they can be reached through their website or by phone at (610) 688-4578.

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