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Teeth Protection Options for Children's Sports

Posted on 6/5/2023 by Evan
Teeth Protection Options for Children's SportsIt's exciting to watch your son's Little League baseball games or your daughter's high school soccer matches. You are concerned about your children's health when they are playing, as are all parents. Their lovely smiles are no exception. Is there anything you can do to keep their jaws and teeth safe during sports and matches? There are several sorts of tooth protection available for youngsters who participate in sports.

Why Do We Need Tooth Protection?

We have two sets of teeth throughout our lives: primary teeth and permanent teeth. We receive our first teeth, also known as baby teeth, between the ages of 6 months and 3 years. After we lose our primary teeth, all of our permanent teeth should appear between the ages of 6 and 11. Our molars come last.

Your first molar should appear between the ages of 12 and 21. At this stage, we should have a complete set of 32 permanent teeth, commonly known as adult teeth. It is critical to protect your children's teeth from the start, not only for their dental health but also for their general health. They need protection just as much as their permanent teeth, even though their primary teeth eventually fall out. Children who play sports need extra protection. The two most common devices used to protect your child's teeth when they play sports are mouthguards and helmets.

Types of Protection

Mouthguards come in a variety of styles. You can consult with your dentist to determine what is ideal for your child based on their sport. Mouthguards are designed to protect the entire mouth from injury, including teeth from being chipped, shattered, or knocked out. Mouthguards can also protect against longer-term and more serious injuries, such as nerve damage. The most common mouthguards include stock, boil, bite, and custom-fit mouthguards. Mouthguards are generally placed on the upper teeth. Your dentist may recommend lower tooth protection if your child has braces or other dental devices. A helmet is another way to protect your children's teeth when they play sports. Even if it is not always possible, a helmet can protect your child against hits to the mouth, jaw, or teeth. Your child should wear both a mouthguard and a helmet to give double protection. This combination shields their mouth and entire head from harm.

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