IMPORTANCE OF MOUTH GUARDS
Q: Are mouth guards important for young athletes?
A: Yes! Any activity — and not just the obvious heavy contact sports like football and hockey — that puts young athletes in speedy motion also puts them at risk for injury. And we’re not talking about only the varsity athletes. We’re talking about any child involved in an activity, be it competitive or purely recreational.
Injuries to the mouth can be painful and, in some cases, leave permanent damage. And that’s not to mention they can be expensive. Mouth guards protect an athlete’s mouth and teeth, preventing the clash of teeth that could result in chipped teeth, and keeping the teeth from lacerating either the tongue or cheek. They also act as shock absorbers that can reduce the likelihood of concussion from a severe blow to the head or jaw.
Mouth guards come in a variety of styles. Over-the-counter models are available that you can make pliable in boiling water, and they will conform to the athlete’s mouth. There are custom-fitted models as well. Talk with your dentist about how best to protect your young athlete with a mouth guard.
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