Sports are great for children for a variety of reasons. Children can develop their motor skills, learn how to solve conflicts and work together, and develop their work ethics. As a parent, you may recognize the benefits of sports, but also naturally be concerned about your child's overall health and safety. Your job goes well beyond providing a water bottle and making sure that your child follows the rules of the game.
Although the first thing that comes to mind when you think of sports may not be your child's teeth, accidents can happen that may affect your children's teeth for the rest of their life. A stray hockey stick, an arrant baseball, or a misguided dive after a volleyball are examples of ways that a child could lose a tooth. In fact, studies have shown that young athletes lose more than three million teeth each year in sports related incidents!
Becoming A Better Athlete Can Protect Teeth
Becoming a better athlete involves refining skills, learning the rules of the game, and being a good sport. These components are not just about winning. They are also about safety. Young athletes who are better ball-handlers and who are careful to avoid fouls and penalties are less likely to have harmful contact with the ball, teammates, or opponents. Children who are better roller-bladers are less likely to take a face plant into the pavement, and more likely to save their teeth. Being a good sport and avoiding unnecessary contact is one way to protect teeth.
Proper Protective Equipment
If your child is in a sport that poses a high threat to teeth, it is essential for your child to wear a mouthguard at all times. Mouthguards fit your child's mouth and consist of soft plastic. A custom sport's guard that can be fabricated by our office are much more comfortable to wear as compared to a generic over the counter boil-and-bite guard. While children may resist wearing a mouthguard initially, your persistance in insisting that they wear it should be enough to convince them of the importance. A helmet or face mask provides additional protection during certain types of more contact related sports.
While prevention is best, rapid treatment can improve the situation if your child does sustain a dental injury while participating in a sporting event. If you have any questions or are in need of more information about a custom sport's guard for you or your child, call our office at 918-455-0123!