Protecting Your Child’s Smile: The Importance of Mouthguards in Sports | Family Dentist Lisle

Welcome to Brammeier Family Dental, your trusted family dentist in Lisle! Are you aware of the importance of mouth guards for children who participate in sports? As parents, it’s crucial to prioritize your child’s dental safety during physical activities.

Sports-related dental injuries can have serious consequences, both physically and financially. According to the American Dental Association, athletes who forego mouth guards are significantly more likely to experience dental injuries. That’s why ensuring your child wears a mouth guard during sports is essential.

Mouth guards serve as a protective barrier, absorbing shock and shielding the teeth, lips, cheeks, and tongue from potential injuries. They help prevent broken or knocked-out teeth, as well as cuts and bruises to the mouth. Additionally, mouth guards can play a role in reducing the risk of concussions by cushioning impacts to the jaw.

There are various types of mouth guards available, each offering different levels of protection and comfort. Stock mouth guards are convenient but may not provide the best fit. Boil-and-bite mouth guards offer customization by molding to the child’s teeth after softening in hot water. For optimal fit and protection, custom-fitted mouth guards, crafted by a dentist, are recommended.

When selecting a mouth guard, consider the type of sport your child plays, their age, and mouth size. Sports with higher contact levels, such as football or hockey, may require more robust protection. Similarly, younger children may need smaller mouth guards tailored to their teeth and mouth size.

In addition to safeguarding against injuries, mouth guards can enhance performance by stabilizing the jaw, reducing muscle fatigue, and improving breathing, thereby enhancing endurance.

Ensure your child’s mouth guard fits properly and is well-maintained to ensure effective protection. Replace mouth guards if they become worn or damaged over time.

At Brammeier Family Dental, we prioritize your child’s dental health and safety. If you have any questions about mouth guards or need assistance selecting the right one for your child, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about keeping your child’s smile safe while enjoying sports!

Brammeier Family Dental of Lisle
Phone: 630-983-8700
6448 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532