Q. What can I do to protect my child’s teeth during sporting events?
A. Soft plastic mouth guards can be used to protect a child’s teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums from sport-related injuries. A custom-fitted mouth guard developed by a pediatric dentist will protect your child from injuries to the teeth, face, and even provide protection from severe injuries to the head. At Jamboree Dentistry, as a courtesy to our patients, we make these protective devices free of charge with a dental exam and cleaning.
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Q. What are mouth guards?
A. Athletic mouth protectors are comprised of soft plastic. They come in standard or custom fit to adapt comfortably to the upper teeth.
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Q. Why are mouth guards important?
A. Mouth guards protect the teeth from possible sports injuries. They not only protect the teeth but the lips, cheeks, tongue and jaw bone as well. They can contribute to the protection of a child from head and neck injuries such as concussions. Most injuries occur to the mouth and head area when a child is not wearing a mouth guard.
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Q. When should my child wear a mouth guard?
A. During any sports based activity where there is a risk of head, face or neck injury. Such sports include Hockey, Soccer, Karate, Basketball, Baseball, Skating, Skateboarding, as well as many other sports. Most oral injuries occur when children play basketball, baseball, and soccer.
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Q. How do I select a mouth guard for my child?
A. Choose a mouth guard that your child feels is comfortable. If a mouth guard feels bulky or interferes with your child’s speech to a great degree, it is probably not appropriate for your child.
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