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Is It Safe for Children to Wear Mouth Guards?

Posted on 12/1/2023 by Weo Admin
Close up of a simple mouthguard being held up by a womanKids love playing. Unfortunately, injuries can happen anytime. It can happen during contact sports and non-contact activities such as skating. When one gets a mouth injury, they can experience teeth or gum damage. Luckily, a mouth guard acts as a defense against tooth damage or loss. The American Dental Association suggests that everyone should wear a mouthguard during physical sports to prevent mouth injury. Hence, this device is safe for kids. Here are 3 reasons why your child should wear a mouthguard:

Protect Teeth Against Injuries

Contact sports such as wrestling and football can cause severe damage to the teeth. They also increase the risk of teeth getting knocked out, leading to gaps between the teeth. In addition, children can fall even when exercising or biking, which can result in chipped or broken teeth. A mouth guard prevents these oral issues by cushioning the teeth from any impact.

Prevent Teeth Damage Caused By Teeth Grinding

Do you wake up in the morning with headaches and jaw pain? If yes, chances are you are suffering from bruxism. Teeth grinding (bruxism) is a common condition in kids, which can result from anxiety or stress. If left untreated, it can weaken the enamel of the teeth, increasing the risk of cavities. Using a mouth guard is a good way to prevent tooth damage caused by teeth grinding. It prevents direct contact between the upper and lower teeth.

Prevent Damage to Orthodontic Appliances

Orthodontic appliances such as braces are common in kids. They help to straighten the teeth, making them easier to clean in the future. Unfortunately, impacts during an accident can damage the braces or other appliances, such as retainers. A mouth guard is a solution to long-lasting orthodontic appliances. It also prevents the braces from damaging the cheeks, gum tissues, and tongue upon an impact. Are you still unsure whether your child needs a mouthguard? Contact us today for more information about mouthguards and oral health for your child.


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