March 6th, 2018
The Importance of Mouthguards
At Truckee Pediatric Dentistry, our mission is to help children throughout the greater Truckee, CA area grow up to have beautiful, healthy smiles. While we're proud to provide comprehensive pediatric dental treatment to achieve that goal, we also strive to be a resource for dental health beyond the care we provide in the office. One of the most important preventive measures you can take to protect your child's smile is by getting them a custom-made mouthguard – especially if they play sports. Why? It's all a matter of safety.
Why Children Should Use Mouthguards
A protective mouthguard is vital to the dental health of any athlete, and that goes double for child athletes. Mouthguards offer a critical layer of protection to the teeth during practice and play, cushioning falls, insulating the teeth from impacts, and making sure the jaw stays immobile during physical activity. Without a mouthguard, the chances of a tooth injury go up more than 60 times over – so a mouthguard is essential for safe sports.
But mouthguards are extra important for children. That's because baby teeth aren't as strong as permanent teeth, making them more vulnerable to damage from trauma during sports. Kids' bones aren't as strong either, and while breaking an arm may be only a moderate issue, any injury to the jawbone can have lasting consequences. Mouthguards help to protect against all of these problems, ensuring your child can excel on the field while also protecting their teeth, mouth, and smile.
Get a Custom Mouthguard from Your Truckee, CA Pediatric Dentist
Some stores sell generic athletic mouthguards, but for maximum protection, we'd recommend having a mouthguard custom-made for your child – and we would love to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to have your child fitted with their very own custom-made mouthguard. It only takes one brief appointment to take the measurements, and we'll create a mouthguard specifically fitted to your child's teeth, providing superior protection. We can't wait to hear from you!