Children who play contact sports can help to prevent injury and trauma to their teeth and oral structures by wearing a protective mouth guard. These ingenious devices are worn over the teeth, and they can prevent issues such as tooth wear, oral injury and jaw problems from occurring. They feature a thin, lightweight design that provides adequate protection, while not interfering with the wearer’s normal breathing or speaking. Our experts strongly encourage parents to provide protective mouth guards for their children because of the significant benefits that they offer.
Mouth guards are worn by children participating in a wide variety of contact sports. Some of these sports include baseball, softball, basketball, wrestling, football, lacrosse, soccer and hockey. Children who participate in these activities face a high risk or oral injury and structural damage that can be significantly reduced by wearing a mouth guard. It has also been proven that wearing a mouth guard reduces the likelihood of concussions and lacerations to the tongue, cheeks and lips.
Gentle Touch Smiles for Kids also offers night guards for children who grind their teeth while asleep. This condition is called bruxism, and it is relatively common for patients of all ages. If bruxism is left untreated, it can lead to excessive wear and tear on a child’s teeth, jaw discomfort, tooth sensitivity, headaches and tooth breakages or fractures. These unpleasant symptoms can often be eliminated entirely by having your child wear a specially designed night guard while sleeping.
If you would like to learn more about mouth guards and how they can be used to protect your child’s teeth, please call us at (302) 213-3300 to schedule an appointment.