Should my child wear a mouthguard while playing sports?
If your child is playing sports, especially sports where the potential to be hit by a ball or another player is present, a mouthguard should be considered a necessary piece of equipment. According to the American Dental Association, about 10 to 20% of all sports-related injuries involve the mouth or face. At our office, we see a lot of sports-related injuries in which teeth are knocked out or knocked loose. Since these injuries often involve permanent teeth and can lead to the need for dental reconstruction, we'd like to help our patients avoid injury whenever possible.
Talk to Dr. Greg about the types of mouthguards that are available for children who play sports. He'll work with you to help you find the one that's right for your child and best fits your family's needs.
If your child does suffer a blow to the face, call our office right away at 309-827-KIDS(5437). Prompt dental treatment will help prevent permanent damage.