What if your child suddenly lost his teeth? Smiling, talking, eating—everything would be affected! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry surveys confirm that as much as 39 percent of all dental injuries in children are caused by direct hits with a hard object, such as a puck or ball or stick in player-to-player contact.
While high contact sports, such as MMA or Rugby have a higher risk of dental injury, the unexpected ones, such as gymnastics and cheerleading also pose a considerable risk.
Mouthguards, also called gum shields, help cushion a blow to the mouth, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your child's lips, tongue, face or jaw. When it comes to protecting the mouth, a children's mouthguard for sports is an essential piece of gear that should be a part of standard athletic equipment from an early age.
In its handout, “Protecting Teeth with Mouthguards,” the American Dental Association states that, “an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouthguard.” Which brings us to our next question:
There are three types of mouthguards:
Which numerous options available on the market, particularly in the home sector custom fit guards, the choice ultimately boils down to three main factors: protection, comfort and cost. The ADA recommends choosing athletic mouthguards which are:
SISU Guards meet and exceed these requirements with our ultra thin, super strong guards which allow ultimate comfort. SISU Guards allow the player to talk, drink and breathe better during the game and stay in the mouth for the entire duration of the game, minimizing germ exposure.
While peer pressure may push your child away from wearing the right dental protection for their sport, keep in mind that the injury rates are high and the dental care costs are expensive. Finding a children's mouthguard for sports that is thin and comfortable, doesn't distort their natural look or speech pattern, and stays in the mouth during the entire game is more likely to convince your child to wear a guard to a game or practice.