It is estimated that over 5 million teeth are knocked out yearly and a significant portion of these dental traumas occur on the playing field or court. Each dislodged tooth requires several trips to the dentist and hundreds of dollars in restoration expenses. Not to mention pain!
At Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte we want to raise awareness of the importance of athletic mouth protection. Think of mouthguards as an important part of your child’s protective gear. Most Charlotte parents require their children to wear helmets when biking and shinguards while playing soccer. We encourage parents to emphasize the importance of mouth protection from your child’s very first 5 year-old T-ball game. And we all need to practice what we preach.
There are three main types of mouthguards:
- ready-to-wear. The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed and ready to wear. Unfortunately, they rarely fit well.
- boil and bite. They are to be softened in water and then formed to the mouth (follow the manufacturer’s instructions).
Some Charlotte dentists offer custom sports mouthguards that provide the highest level of protection and comfort. Children are more likely to wear comfortable mouth protectors and less likely to complain about them. Ask us about custom mouthguards.
Mouth protection is extremely essential for Charlotte patients with braces or fixed bridge work.
If you or your child has a sports-related dental emergency, call our Charlotte office immediately. We will do everything in my power to save the tooth but every second counts. Make sure you save all pieces of the tooth and bring them with you.
If you are actively pursuing an athletic lifestyle, call our office in Charlotte, today and we will discuss how to get you proper mouth protection.
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