Proper Dental Protection for School Sports
As your kids get a little older and get involved in afterschool activities, a new threat to dental health may arise. Sports like football come along with certain risks, and damage to a tooth may be one such possibility. Even sports that don’t usually involve as much contact such as soccer or basketball could still lead to a dental injury. How can you protect your child’s teeth as he or she plays a beloved sport?
The Right Protective Wear for School Sports
If a sport poses a risk to a student’s teeth, the school probably requires a mouthguard, and rightly so. However, it probably isn’t specified what type of guard to wear, so most parents will grab one from the pharmacy. While some of these are high quality, there’s nothing quite as effective as a custom fit mouthguard.
Custom fit mouthguards not only provide better protection, but they are also more comfortable. That means your child is more likely to wear it while playing. Plus, a comfortable guard won’t affect performance on the field as an uncomfortable piece of plastic in the mouth may.
Our Philosophy – Prevention Over Restoration
We’d much rather your child enjoy sports safely than have to do restorative work after an injury. Whether you go with a custom or a generic mouth guard, taking some preventative actions is definitely the better way to go. Feel free to discuss this with one of our pediatric dentists on your child’s next visit to determine the best option for your son or daughter. If you don’t already have an appointment scheduled, call 619-741-1500 today.