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NGYFA News - Fri, Jul. 21, 2017

How to Protect Your Child's Smile During Sports

The proper sports equipment is essential to preventing injuries in kids' sports. Thinking about protecting body parts such as your head, face and knees is often commonplace, but do you think as often about protecting your smile?

Knowing how to prevent injuries to your mouth is important in all organized sports and recreational activities but is even more important for collision and contact sports where there is a higher risk for mouth injuries.

Sports mouthguards are an important piece of equipment to protect your teeth from blows to the face and head, which is why Wilson Orthodontics partnered with Gainesville Parks & Recreation to protect smiles by providing mouthguards to all participants in the 2017 Youth Tackle Football program. Now that more than 220 kids participating in fall sports have a mouthguard, we want to make sure we also provide education on the importance of making a sports mouthpiece part of your standard equipment from an early age.

What is a Mouthguard?

Mouthguards can also be called sports guards, mouth protectors or mouthpieces. Regardless of the name, they all are worn over your teeth to minimize the risk of injury. They typically cover the top teeth because they stick out more and take the brunt of trauma.

What are the Different Types of Mouthguards?

There are three common types of mouthguards, but no matter the type you choose, it should be comfortable, resilient and fit properly.

Custom-made: Made by a dentist or orthodontist specifically for you so they provide the best fit and feel better.

Boil and bite:  Come in a pre-formed shape that is altered by boiling the mouthguard then biting into it for a customized fit.

Stock: Inexpensive and come pre-formed and ready to wear.

Can I Wear a Mouthguard with Braces?

A properly fitting mouthguard is especially important for kids with braces. Getting hit in the face during practice or the big game could damage your brackets or other orthodontic appliances, and a mouthguard provides a cushion between your braces and your cheek or lips and helps avoid injuries to your gums or cheeks.

Wilson Orthodontics wants to help protect your smile.

If you need a sports mouthguard for protection during kids' sports and recreation activities, please contact our office at 770-536-0882 to learn more.