Custom Athletic Mouthguards for Children in Columbus OH
Helmets, knee pads, shin guards…. all of these are vital if you’re the parent of an avid athlete. You know the importance of proper protective gear when kids are involved in sports. It can cause of lot of worry and stress if they don’t have the proper protection while they are out in the field. Did you know that up to 40 percent of all sports injuries involve the face? Our pediatric dentists know you want to protect your child’s smile. Let us help you create a comfortable, custom-molded mouth guard that will dramatically reduce the risk of sports-related oral injury.
What exactly is a Mouth Guard?
A mouth guard is a comfortable piece of athletic gear that fits over the teeth and can help protect your child’s smile, which includes their teeth, as well as his or her lips, tongue, face, and jaw. Any time they might get hit or injured can be frustrating and even devastating. A mouth guard that is custom made for their mouth can help stop any injury from being even worse. Also it is good to know that new research conducted by the British Journal of Sports Medicine indicates that mouth guards can even help reduce the severity of a concussion.
Many would consider it common sense that hockey, boxing, football and rugby players would obviously benefit from mouth guards. But others sport activities, like skateboarding, basketball and gymnasts, have made the American Dental Association list of athletes who need mouth guards. This may sound excessive, but studies show that 13 to 39 percent of all dental injuries are sports related. Our faces are an important part of you and your child’s image and self confidence. It’s much better to be safe than…toothless!!
Custom-Made Mouth Guards
Getting a custom-made mouth guard will ensure proper comfort, practical fit and what is most important, give proper protection to your child’s teeth. During your appointment one of our doctors and trained technicians will take an impression of your child’s mouth. This impression will then be taken into the lab and be used to create the custom-made mouth guard. You’ll feel comforted in knowing you have taken one additional step in keeping your child safe
ADA & ASD Advice
The American Dental Association and the Academy of Sports Dentistry recommend mouth guards for athletes who participate in many different sports which include but aren’t limited to:
As you can see this is a pretty extensive list. It is always important to use proper precaution whenever your children are involved in sports. If you are unsure if a mouthguard is something your child needs or want to learn more about them, then please give us a call. Get a hold of us today to request an appointment. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns that you might have.