If your child will be spending time playing contact sports this summer, you may want to consider getting a mouth guard. There are a number of dental injuries that can stem from activities such as basketball and soccer, including fractures, knocked out teeth, and extruded teeth. Each of these situations could bring you to our dentist in Hudson, NY.
We would love to make sure your child is healthy and safe all summer long. We recommend that children wear a mouth guard for these reasons:
1. Dental Injuries Are More Common Than You Think
It may be surprising to learn that dental-related injuries are actually the most common kind of facial injury to take place during sports. According to the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety, athletes who are not wearing mouth guards are actually 60 times more likely to suffer damage to their teeth than athletes who are properly guarded.
2. Braces and Orthodontic Work Can Lead to Injury
An elbow to the face could hurt anyone, but it may cause significant injuries to children who have braces. They may suffer deep cuts to their lips and tongue as the result of contact. Additionally, repairing damage to these orthodontic structures can be expensive. A mouth guard is excellent at preventing these situations from occurring.
3. Prevent Jaw and Other Damage
Most people may believe that mouth guards simply protect just the teeth of the individual. However, these tools can also prevent injuries to the jaw. This is because the guard assists people in avoiding situations in which the lower jaw is slammed into the upper jaw. Some studies have even linked guards to reducing the incidence and severity of concussions.
Consult a Dentist
During an exam this year, you should speak to a dentist about the best ways to keep your child’s mouth healthy. At the offices of Dr. Robert Danz, we would be happy to talk about preventative measures such as brushing, flossing and wearing a mouth guard. To schedule an appointment today, please call us at (518) 444-4215.
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