Should My Child Wear a Sports Mouthguard? - Holladay Family Dental
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Should My Child Wear a Sports Mouthguard?

Should My Child Wear a Sports Mouthguard?

Organized kid sports is a growing industry. Kids are playing more sports on more nights, on more teams. The parents that drive these kids around must be exhausted! Because of the amount of sports being played, the level and frequency of injury has grown as well. The American Dental Association estimates that 10-20% of sports injuries are maxillofacial, meaning on the jaws or face. With injuries increasing, providing some protection for teeth seems more important than ever if you want to prevent those expensive accidents that lead to a lot of different dental services.

What exactly is a sports mouthguard?

A sports mouthguard is a soft plastic material that is molded to fit snuggly over the teeth and should also cover the gums. This soft material can project against a sudden, hard impact by absorbing some of this impact. Mouthguards have the added benefit of decreasing the likelihood of a concussion, too.

What should I look for in a mouthguard?

Mouthguards range in price from $1 for a boil-and-bite mouthguard at a sporting goods store to a few hundred $$ for a custom made one from a dentist. All of them can help absorb impacts. You should look for a mouthguard that is durable, comfortable, and easily cleaned. It should not restrict speech or especially breathing.

What sports need a mouthguard?

Any sport where a sudden, hard impact is possible should recommend using mouthguards.

Here is a list of sports the American Dental Association recommends using a mouthguard to play. Some of these sports are obvious; others may surprise you:

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Boxing
  • Field & Ice Hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Hand & Racquetball
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts
  • Rugby
  • Skateboarding
  • Skiing
  • Sky Diving
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Surfing
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling
  • Baseball
If you don’t wear a mouthguard and an accident occurs, get emergency dental care right away. But remember, it is always better to prevent and prepare then it is to regret and repair!