It should come as no surprise that one of the sports with the most potential for a facial injury, boxing, is where mouthguards got their start.
The ADA suggests wearing a mouthguard when participating in any number of high-velocity or contact-heavy sports, including basketball, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, water polo, hockey, volleyball, cycling, skiing/snowboarding, and more.
Good oral health sets the foundation for a lifetime of overall quality health, and for those sports-loving kids, wearing a mouthguard can reduce their risks of oral and facial injuries while they compete.
The mouth plays a role in many areas for kids, including:
- How they smile – A healthy smile can be used to show happiness, help with confidence, and as a non-verbal communication tool.
- How they speak – Teeth play a role in learning verbal and non-verbal communication as a kid grows up. Research has found that tooth extraction can affect speech patterns and even development.
- How they eat – Eating becomes a lot harder without healthy teeth.
So, any injury, particularly serious ones, can be detrimental to the wellbeing of your child.
Don’t forget, a healthy mouth doesn’t stop with a mouthguard. Making regular visits to the dentist is as important as next season’s game schedule!
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