There are no exact numbers, but it’s estimated that every single year, three million kids have one or more of their teeth knocked out while playing sports. Some of them end up at here, at the Pediatric Dental Center, for treatment.
Most kids love playing sports, and that’s a good thing: it gets them lots of exercise, teaches the importance of teams, fair play, and plenty of other life lessons. But there are risks involved, and parents have to take every possible precaution.
Wearing a mouthguard when playing sports is just as important as a helmet, knee pads, and other protective gear. Even so-called non-contact sports like basketball can get pretty rough; all it takes is an accidental elbow to the jaw to knock out a tooth.
A mouthguard can prevent that. The American Dental Association says that wearing mouthguards prevent more than two hundred thousand mouth injuries every single year! That includes keeping teeth from being chipped, cracked, or knocked out.
Mouthgaurds range from the inexpensive boil-and-bite variety available at any sporting goods store to higher-end, custom mouthguards. Ask us for a recommendation.
At Pediatric Dental Center we say any youngster who plays sports should wear a mouthguard, even for pick-up games on the playground. Better safe than sorry! Our services include early dental care and restorative dentistry. Remember, with a little precaution your youngster will be safe on the playing field!
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