25 Jul Why Your Child’s Mouth Guard is Important
According to the American Dental Association, about ⅓ of all dental injuries are sports-related. Another statistic shows that 75% of high school sports injuries occurred when a mouth guard was not in use.
Mouth guards are often forgotten when parents are gathering helmets, knee pads and other safety gear for their children’s athletic activities. But as the previously mentioned statistics imply, your child has a fairly high risk of incurring injury to the mouth during physical sports play. Here’s a look at the most common sports-related dental injuries.
- Broken or chipped tooth
- Fractured crown or bridgework
- Lip and cheek injuries
- Fractured jaw
- Root damage
As you can see, each of these injuries are quite serious and require equally serious treatment to correct or repair. But here’s another statistic for you. More than 200,000 injuries could be prevented each year with the use of a sports mouth guard.
Sports mouth guards are readily available over the counter, but for maximum comfort and protection, we recommend having your child fitted for a custom mouth guard. Renew Dental offers mouth guard services to all of our patients, and with a new school year on the horizon there’s no better time than right now to schedule your child an appointment. Request your appointment here.