At Westerville Pediatric Dental, we are committed to promoting oral health and safety for children of all ages. One way we do this is by educating parents and children about the importance of mouthguard safety.
Mouthguards are essential for protecting your child’s teeth and gums during sports and other physical activities. Without a mouthguard, a blow to the face or mouth can result in chipped, broken, or knocked-out teeth, as well as other injuries.
Here are some tips to help ensure your child’s mouthguard is safe and effective:
- Get a custom-fitted mouthguard: A custom-fitted mouthguard provides the best protection for your child’s teeth and gums. A custom fitted mouthguard is specifically tailored to your child’s mouth, ensuring a comfortable and secure fit.
- Replace old or damaged mouthguards: Over time, mouthguards can become worn down or damaged, which can compromise their effectiveness. It’s important to replace your child’s mouthguard if it’s more than a year old or if it shows signs of wear and tear.
- Clean and store the mouthguard properly: After each use, rinse the mouthguard with cool water and store it in a clean, ventilated container. Avoid leaving the mouthguard in direct sunlight or high temperatures, as this can cause it to warp or lose its shape.
- Encourage your child to wear the mouthguard: Mouthguards can only protect your child’s teeth and gums if they are actually worn during physical activities. Encourage your child to wear their mouthguard consistently and make it a non-negotiable part of their sports equipment.
At Westerville Pediatric Dental, we are committed to helping families keep their children’s teeth and gums healthy and safe. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about mouthguard safety.