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Protecting Your Child’s Teeth During Sports Participation

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Sports are a great hobby for kids to participate in! Not only do sports improve motor skills and provide a great excuse for exercise, but it also helps them learn how to solve conflict and work as a team. However, there are also dangers that go along with sports participation, especially with contact sports like football and karate. In fact, it’s been found that young sports players lose up to 3 million teeth a year!

When you think about sports injuries, dental injuries may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, there is a myriad of ways that your child’s mouth may become hurt or damaged and many of these issues won’t be cheap to fix. To avoid the hit to your wallet, and your child’s pain and suffering, it’s important that you take certain precautions.

Protecting Your Athlete’s Teeth

If your child participates in any type of sport that could damage their teeth, it’s important to have them fitted for a mouth guard. Mouth guards are made of soft plastic, which has been created to fit your child’s mouth. We know mouth guards aren’t the most comfortable or attractive accessories, but your child needs to know the importance of his or her dental safety during sports participation.

In the event of a fall or a blow to the face, mouth guards will prevent the upper and lower jaws from crashing together. Not only will this help prevent tooth damage and loss, but it can also prevent concussions. If your child is dedicated to his or her sport, a mouth guard is an essential part of their sports equipment.

To schedule an appointment with our skilled periodontist, please contact Coastal Periodontics today. Our office is located here in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Posted on Feb 25, 2019
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