3 Steps to Protecting Your Child’s Teeth During Sporting Events
Ah, the joys of sports. While it is true that kids are spending more time on their phones and consoles, sporting events are still very much alive today. You see adults and children engaging in sports all the time, whether they are team games or solo activities. Sports Canada has reported an overall 69% of youth participate in sports.
Have you ever thought to stop and think about your children’s teeth while they play sports? We worry about skinned knees and broken bones, but less often we worry about teeth being knocked out or loosened.
Millions of dollars go into replacing teeth from sports injuries each year, so how do you go about protecting your child’s teeth during sporting events? A little preparation can help prevent costly and painful dental emergencies later on. Let’s look at some ways you can protect your child’s teeth during sports!
Get them to Wear a Mouth Guard
In sporting events like boxing, football, and other contact sports, mouth guards are commonly used when contact is involved and injuries can occur. For many of these sports, mouth guards are issued by law and you must obtain one if you want to play. Getting a mouth guard for your kid is a pretty wise move if it requires one or not.
It does look a little uncomfortable, but a molded mouth guard can be purchased to fit nicely on your teeth and reduce the risk of injury and getting hit in the mouth. You have two choices here – get a premade mouth guard over the counter at a pharmacy or ask your dentist to make one for your child that is custom made for their teeth. The custom mouth guard is always a great choice if you’re looking for comfort and protection.
When Should You Wear a Mouthguard?
You should always wear a mouthguard for the following sports:
- Equestrian Sports
- Field hockey
- Ice Hockey
- Martial Arts
- Extreme Sports
Face Guards Can be Useful
When the risk of injury is significant in competitive games, facemasks and guards are used more. Examples include cricket and baseball, where the balls fly at speeds upwards of 100mph at times. Other sports that require faceguards are football and hockey.
With a metal grill protecting the mouth and chin, these provide better protection for your kid’s teeth than a standard mouth guard, because they prevent everything, whether it be a ball, stick, or elbow, from reaching your child’s face.
Self Defense is an Asset
lastly, you can teach your child to throw their hands up and protect their mouth primarily when they are at risk of falling and being injured. It is an easy action that can save them from a mouthful of broken teeth. Knowing how to break your fall can save much more than your teeth! Know how to fall without injury is one of the most efficient ways to protect your kid’s teeth during sports events.
Be Prepared for Dental Emergencies
No one likes to get injured, and injuries can happy unexpectantly. Before you or your child begin playing sports, it is always a good idea to talk to your dentist about the importance of mouthguards. While they are usually easily available, the most effective and comfortable ones will be customized to fit your mouth.
It is especially important to wear a mouthguard if you or your child has braces. Child orthodontics treatment usually involves metal braces, and wearing a mouth guard can help prevent metal wires from breaking and damaging your mouth. If you have any other questions about how you can prevent dental emergencies from occurring, contact our team at Smiles on Yonge Orthodontics today. We are always happy to help!