Getting your child involved in sports can be a great way for them to develop important skills and lifelong friendships. Sports teach your child teamwork, perseverance, discipline, and so much more. However, sports also present the possibility for all kinds of injuries. One sports injury that parents can help to prevent is a dental injury to the teeth, gums or jaw. Read on in today’s Dr. Scott blog to find out how you can keep your child’s teeth safe when they play contact sports!
Have Them Always Wear a Mouthguard
You might be surprised how often parents overlook the importance of kids wearing mouthguards when they play contact sports. Sometimes it may be because leagues don’t require kids to wear mouthguards, and sometimes it may be because the child finds the mouthguard uncomfortable. Whatever the reason, playing contact sports without proper protection can be a big mistake. Wearing a mouth guard will help protect your child’s smile from serious damage, so that they can grow up with a smile that is healthy and bright.
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Make Sure They Always Wear a Helmet
In contact sports such as football, as well as high-speed sports such as skateboarding, your child should absolutely be wearing a helmet. Helmets protect not only your child’s head, they also protect their teeth. Whether your child is hit with a baseball or falls off their bike, wearing a helmet can be the difference between a healthy smile and a serious injury. Protect your child and make sure they’re wearing a quality helmet!
Teach Your Child About Safety
Above all else, teach your child about playing safely in sports. Make sure that their coach is also spending time educating young players on what it means to play in a safe way. Learning these lessons early on can help prevent a serious injury.
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Visit Dr. Scott!
If you have questions about mouthguards and the best way to protect your child’s teeth, come talk to Dr. Scott. If you’ve tried over the counter mouthguards before and they have proven to be unusable, talk to Dr. Scott about finding a mouthguard that will work well for your child. Whatever questions you have, Dr. Scott, is here to help! Contact us today and set up an appointment with Dr. Scott.