At Ashby Park Pediatric Dentistry, it is our mission to keep your child’s smile healthy and protected. A sports mouthguard provides lifelong safety benefits to help you achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles. A healthy smile goes beyond the dentist office and follows you onto the field, rink, or court. Our dentists recommend using a custom sports mouthguard for any high contact sports, such as football, basketball, hockey, baseball, and soccer, just to name a few. Our talented doctors will help your child get the protection they need to have a bright smile on the podium.
Does My Child Need a Mouthguard?
The main purpose of a sports mouthguard is to protect your child’s teeth and surrounding oral tissues. A custom sports mouthguard preserves your child’s sweet smile by covering the top row of teeth, both baby teeth and permanent teeth as they begin to surface. Collision and impact are inevitable in high contact sports, and mouthguards are there to decrease the risk of injury due to the force of impact. Our dentists recommend your child wear their mouthguard for all aspects of their high contact sport – including scrimmages, practices, and game time.
Benefits of Wearing a Mouthguard During Sports
High contact sports are fun and exciting, but unfortunately dental injuries can happen, so don’t put your smile in danger. Tooth loss or a dental injury can impact both your child’s playing time, as well as their confidence and everyday life. The benefit of a custom sports mouthguard is that it distributes the force of impact, decreasing your child’s chance of a dental injury or knocking out a tooth. Our goal is to keep your child’s smile happy and healthy, and a sports mouthguard extends that protection beyond the dentist office. Our dentists are here to make healthy smiles for life, a dream come true.
How to Take Care of a Mouthguard
In addition to protecting your child’s teeth from impact on the field, it’s important to keep the mouthguard healthy off the field. Help your child keep their mouthguard clean by brushing it with a toothbrush and toothpaste, just like you’d brush your own tooth! Store the mouthguard in a protective case in between wears and avoid leaving the mouthguard out in the sun or in hot water to keep it from melting. Remember, proper fit is key for a mouthguard to protect your child’s smile. Replace your child’s custom sports mouthguard at the beginning of every season to ensure it is effective and your child is not using a damaged mouthguard or a mouthguard they have outgrown. Talk to your child’s dentist if you have questions about the best way to protect their smile or if your child has braces. Our dentists will help you and your child find the best options for their needs.
Schedule an Appointment for A Custom Mouthguard
If your child plays a high contact sport and you want to learn more about custom sports mouthguards, schedule an appointment at one of our conveniently located pediatric dental offices in Greenville, Anderson, or Easley, SC.