Why your Child Needs a Mouthguard for Sports

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A lot of sports players use mouthguards these days, especially football players. But for any sport where there’s the chance for contact to the mouth, our team at Dr. David Suttie Dentistry For Children in Napa, California highly encourage your child to wear a mouthguard.

There are a lot of different reasons for this recommendation, even if it seems silly to wear one in a non-contact sport like badminton. The thing is, you need to do all you can to take care of your child’s teeth. They’re the only set they will ever get, and a mouthguard is a great way to protect them.

Why bother with a mouthguard?
Even if the sports or activities your child is involved in aren’t contact-driven, any physical activity presents a few certain risks. There’s always the risk of falling hard and either chipping or knocking out completely, a tooth. A mouthguard lessens or completely eliminates that possibility.

Makes them think about protecting their mouth
Wearing a mouthguard does a lot to protect the teeth, but perhaps the most notable is the fact that it helps make one conscious of their teeth. Wearing the mouthguard will help protect the mouth and teeth from hard impacts – intentional or accidental. Even when not wearing the mouthguard, your child may find that the habits they developed crop up in other areas of their life.

Mouthguards are popular in sports for a reason, but they should be used on an even wider scale than they are now. We’ve seen them help save teeth, and that’s why we recommend them. If you have other questions, call us today at 707-257-6453. Dr. David Suttie and our team are here for your child’s oral care needs.