Playgrounds and recreational parks are among the favorite places for small children and teenagers. Children spend their leisure time and school holidays in the playgrounds. They play baseball, football, hockey, cricket and other sports with their friends. Front teeth at high risk of damage during these sports activities and even minor falls and accidents in the sports grounds can cause considerable trauma to dentition. Permanent front teeth erupt in the oral cavity around 7-8 years of age and any damage to these teeth can have lasting effects throughout the life of your child. Traumatic injuries to front teeth can result in structural, functional as well as aesthetic consequences leading to social handicap of the child and decreased confidence at school in studies and at work in offices later in life. Cosmetic dental treatment procedures can repair the damages to larger extent but there is no permanent replacement for natural dentition. Dental health care professionals strongly advise and recommend the institution of measures for high quality preventive strategy for sports injuries and accidental falls in the playground and other places meant for recreational activities.
Mouth guards are fabricated and provided by the dental health care providers for this purpose and their use during sports activities is beneficial for your child. Advanced technology and materials used by the laboratory technicians for construction of mouth guards on the prescription of dentists are comfortable and friendly to oral soft and hard tissues. Regular wearing during playing baseball, football, hockey, rugby, swimming, boxing and other sports can prevent serious dental trauma. Furthermore, these mouth guards are less expensive than helmets and other protective equipment. The following article provides information regarding benefits and merits of wearing mouth guards in the playground.
In our office we see far too many children with damage to teeth that could have been prevented by wearing a mouthguard. Our mission in caring for your children’s dental health goes beyond reminding them to brush and floss regularly.
Athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth. Often these injuries will result in permanent damage to oral structures which require medical intervention. Yet, most parents will admit that their children do not wear a mouthguard during organized sports. If mouthguards offer a simple and relatively inexpensive way to help dramatically decrease the risk of oral injuries, why aren’t more kids wearing them?
Many children do not wear mouthguards while playing sports because they are not required to wear them, even though other equally protective materials, such as helmets and shoulder pads are mandated. At a time when a good football or batting helmet may cost $200, mouthguards can be one of the least expensive pieces of protective equipment available. Not only do mouthguards save teeth, they help protect jaws and can also prevent traumatic injuries such as concussions.