How to Protect Your Children’s Teeth During Sports

Ensuring your child’s teeth are protected is not always the first thing that comes to a parent’s mind when their children play sports. However, accidents happen that can greatly affect your child’s teeth. Collisions, a stray softball, or an errant pass are just a few ways a child can suffer damage to their teeth. There are simple precautions you can take to help them keep their teeth as safe as possible.

Getting your child involved in sports develops discipline, social skills, work ethic, and teaches them to battle adversity. Sometimes that adversity comes in more forms than down by six late in the fourth quarter or working a full count at the bottom of the ninth inning. Aside from wanting your child to do well in their sport, you also want them to be safe and healthy.

Protective Mouth wear
Mouth guards are an obvious choice but not always remembered. They are crucial, relatively cheap and can be used on all levels of competition. If the option is there, why not be safe and take it?

Not all sports utilize headgear or helmets. Even when required, some do not always include a faceguard or facemask which go a long way in protecting your child’s teeth. Sports like football, lacrosse or hockey all use helmets and faceguards to ensure there is minimal risk to your child’s face or mouth. Doubling up with a mouth guard provides extra protection. Make sure your child has an adequate helmet and that it is used correctly.

Knowing the Rules
We want to see our children succeed and do well while also being safe. From an early age, it is important that your children learn fundamentals, safety precautions, and sportsmanship. When a child understands the rules of the game and can operate adequately within them, they reduce their risk of injury. Although things can happen that are out of their control, if our children are fundamentally sound the chances of injury or unnecessary contact is reduced.

Keep Up with Routine
Strong teeth are less susceptible to damage or injury. Make sure your child is keeping up with a regular brushing and flossing.  Paying attention to your children’s diet and scheduling regular teeth cleaning and check-ups can help ensure they are equipped with a fine set of healthy teeth.

Before you child steps on the diamond or wrestling mat, prepare them as best you can and keep them on a regular routine of oral care. Please check out or Sport Dentistry page for information about Under Armour mouthguards we offer for contact and non-contact sports.

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