The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that all children wear mouth guards during sports and other recreational activities. Mouth guards are easily available and custom-fitted appliances that protect your children’s teeth from serious dental injuries and trauma. Whether your children have baby teeth or permanent teeth, mouth guards offer the necessary protection.
How can mouth guards reduce dental injury?
- Cushion the impact of sporting injuries, falls, or traumas.
- Minimize the risk of knocked-out teeth, chipped teeth, and fractured teeth.
- Minimize the risk of injuries to the tongue, cheeks, jaw, and lips.
- Protect the soft tissues from injuries.
- Prevent dental problems caused by teeth grinding and clenching.
While mouth guards are designed specifically to reduce dental injuries, they also provide other benefits. They reduce the force of impact during sports, injuries, and traumas, which usually affects the jaw and the central nervous system at the base of the brain. As such, mouth guards cushion the blow from serious injuries that could otherwise cause traumatic brain injuries.
How to care for the mouth guard?
- Rinse the mouth guard in cold water and brush it with a mild soap before and after use.
- Store the mouth guard in a container that allows ventilation to prevent bacterial growth.
- Store acrylic mouth guards in freshwater.
- Don’t expose the mouth guard to hot temperatures, such as hot water and sunlight, for too long.
- Replace the mouth guard if it becomes loose.
- Keep the mouth guard away from pets.