Children Should Always Wear A Mouthguard When Playing Sports

Children Should Always Wear A Mouthguard When Playing Sports

December 29, 2017

Mouth guards to protect your children when playing sports

Athletes are 60 times more likely to experience injury to the teeth when not wearing a mouthguard.

As a parent or caregiver, the great news is that you have a choice to prevent this for your children that engage in sports.

How does a mouthguard protect?

Mouthguards helps cushion blows to the face, lowering the risk of broken teeth and soft tissue injuries in the inside of the mouth.

What sports have the highest chance of a mouth injury?

  • The most recorded annually is basketball, but those with the highest injuries include: football, hockey, basketball, baseball, gymnastics, wrestling, and volleyball. 

 

  • This does NOT include high impact contact sports such as: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), boxing, muay thai, kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, karate, hapkido, kung-fu, Jeet Kun Do, etc. These sports need an even thicker mouthguard for added protection many times.

 

Remind your child not to chew on or cut pieces off his or her mouthguard as it will cushion less impact at the time of contact.

Athletes should always wear a properly fitted mouthguard during practice, sparring sessions, etc. as well as during games, fights and events. For instance, with sports such as high school football, there are strict penalties for athletes not wearing a properly fitted mouthguard, and the ones that provide the most protection and comfort are custom-made mouthguards.

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