A mouthguards is an important consideration for parents of a child athletes. Youth are most vulnerable to injuries of the teeth and mouth between 7 and 11 years old. Contact sports like football and hockey are at highest-risk for mouth injury. However, all sports can pose a risk. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD) urge the use of mouth protection youth sports.
Why are mouthguards used in sports?
A mouth guard will absorb the impact to the mouth when an opponent or an object strikes a player. This helps to prevent knocked-out or broken teeth. Guards also protect against tissue or bone damage and injury to the lower jaw.
Are mouthguards are available for children?
Yes. Mouthguards come in various forms including over-the-counter and custom-made. An over-the-counter mouth guard should have the ADA seal of acceptance. Dentists make custom-made guards, considered most effective and more comfortable. A pediatric dentist can help parents to decide the best type of mouth guard based on use, size, budget, and dental age.
As much as one-third of youth mouth injuries are a result of sports activity, so parents should consider safe and functional mouth protection. Our professionals at Capital City Pediatric Dentistry are available to discuss your family’s needs and can provide more information on sports protection for the teeth and mouth.