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Is your mouth protected when you play sports?

Many children and adults participate in some type of sport each year. Whether it’s baseball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, ice skating, etc...

Many children and adults participate in some type of sport each year. Whether it’s baseball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, ice skating, etc., playing sports is a fun and rewarding experience that helps children develop social skills while keeping them physically fit. However, certain types of sports can leave children vulnerable to tooth loss, gum damage, and tongue injury when precautions are not taken.

A mouthguard is simple piece of plastic that plays an important role in protecting athletes of any age from tooth loss and mouth injury. They are designed to fit in between the upper and bottom teeth. When we bite down on the mouthguard, it offers greater stability and protection against blows to the mouth.

To put the importance of mouthguard’s into perspective, a recent study found young athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer damage to their teeth when they aren’t wearing a mouthguard. This small piece of plastic secures the teeth so they aren’t knocked out of place.

Talk to one of our dental professionals for more advice on choosing the right mouthguard for your child. Each and every child’s teeth are shaped and arranged differently, and using the wrong type of mouthguard could greatly reduce its effectiveness. To schedule an appointment, call Laurel Dental Office today at 415-751-5405.

*The above article is courtesy of Little Family Dental Care.