If your child plays a contact sport or has an “extreme” hobby like skateboarding or mountain biking, you may be wondering if they should wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth. The answer is “yes!”
Wearing a sports mouthguard is one of the best ways to prevent oral injuries since oral injuries can cause lots of pain and discomfort. Investing in a mouth guard will give you peace of mind and ensures that your child is protected when they play. Learn more in this blog from Saginaw Kids Dentistry and see why mouth guards are so important.
There have been a lot of studies on athletic mouth guards and how they reduce the risk of oral injuries. All studies show that wearing mouthguards is one of the best ways to prevent common oral injuries. One study, in particular, found that athletes who wear mouthguards are 82%-93% less likely to suffer from serious oral injuries while participating in their sport.
Mouthguards spread out the force across all teeth and gums when an athlete's mouth is struck. This reduces the overall impact, which helps prevent dental emergencies like cracked, broken, loose, or even knocked-out teeth. Mouthguards also help prevent and reduce cuts to the tongue, gums, and cheeks.