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If you’ve ever played sports, or even if you’re just a fan, you’re probably familiar with mouthguards. Our pediatric dentist at Florida Smiles Dental recommends that young athletes use this soft plastic or laminate device to prevent possible injuries during contact sports. The American Dental Association says that around one-third of dental injuries are sports-related and that using a mouthguard can prevent at least 200,000 of these injuries each year.
Of course, the most obvious injuries prevented by mouthguards are oral injuries. For any athlete regardless of age, a mouthguard offers protection of your teeth, mouth, and tongue. By providing an exact fit, the device absorbs any impact and softens the edges of your teeth to avoid injury.
Our pediatric dentist says mouthguards also protect your upper and lower jawbones from trauma and fractures. When fitted properly, a mouthguard will cushion your jaw joint, and reduce shock resulting from impact.
Although research studies are ongoing, experts agree that wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard can reduce an athlete’s risk of concussion. Again, the device works by helping to absorb shock from impact and providing stability to your head, neck, and jaw.
The key to preventing these sports-related injuries is to wear a fitted mouthguard. See our pediatric dentist in Lighthouse Point, FL, to achieve the highest level of protection for yourself or your child. Contact our office today for more information or to schedule a consultation.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other dental or orthodontic topics, feel free to contact Florida Smiles Dental, with a convenient dental and orthodontic office in Lighthouse Point, FL, by calling 954.906.7891 or by clicking here.