Protecting your child’s teeth is the first step to ensure that their sports days are fun – and dental injury free. NW Calgary Dentists at Ranchlands Dental explain why it’s important for a child to wear a sports guard to protect teeth during sporting activity.
Studies report that participation in sport by youth and adolescents has grown steadily in recent years. This has translated to a rise in mouth injuries with an estimated 10 to 20% of all sports injuries resulting in maxillofacial injuries. Though your child may be enjoying summer by the lake and not participating in organized sport this summer – hockey, ringette, and volleyball are just two months away – so now’s the time to arrange an appointment for a custom sports guard with your NW Calgary Dentist. The American National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety states that an athlete is sixty times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard. These injuries will often result in permanent damage to teeth or the oral structure. NW Calgary Family Dentists at Ranchlands Dental want to help take the worry out of children playing sport and prepare them for a great sports season with the use of a custom sports guard.
The advantages of a custom sports guard over a generic boil and bite guard are numerous – the most significant advantage is that a custom sports guard is made from an impression of your child’s teeth and designed to the specific instructions that your Calgary Dentist has requested. Certain sports demand that a sports guard be worn during each game and practice. Sports such as ice hockey, football, and rugby, have a high incidence of concussion and mouth injuries – wearing a custom sports guard that is a certain thickness and flexibility helps to minimize the negative results of injury.
NW Calgary General Dentists at Ranchlands Dental– want to stress the importance of preventing injuries to the mouth and teeth. Preventing an emergency trip to a Calgary Dentist is always the goal – and investing in a sports guard can help prevent more expensive dental treatment associated with an injury. If your child is registered to play sport this fall/winter, check with the coach(es) to establish if wearing a protective mouthguard is required – and then schedule an appointment with Ranchlands Dental for your child to have a custom guard made. The reality it’s not just children who need to protect their teeth during sports – adults are equally at risk for mouth injuries – so if you play in an old timers hockey league make sure you pick up a sports guard to protect your teeth during game time – your child expects you to protect your teeth as well as theirs. Ranchlands Dental welcomes new patients – call today – 403.239.5212