Lincoln Dentist Says Don’t Slack on Protecting Your Child’s Mouth

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In a world where children are becoming more inactive, you definitely want to encourage activities that allow them to get some exercise and learn the values of working with others to accomplish goals. Both your son and daughter have been sports fans since early childhood. Your daughter loves field hockey and your son loves basketball. These two sports aren’t considered full-contact like football, but they can still get very physical. You want to make sure that both of your children are protected. That’s why your Lincoln dentist recommends mouth guards for participation in any sports. Learn more about why a mouth guard is so important to your children’s dental health.

Why are Mouth Guards Important to Wear?

Mouth guards are plastic devices shaped like a dental tray, conforming to the shape of the mouth, teeth and gums. It creates a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to prevent them from the hard jarring that can occur during sudden impact. It also protects the mouth from outside objects such as balls and pucks.

Most sports will require the wearing of a mouth guard, but even when they are don’t, your dentist strongly recommends that you supply one for your children anyway.

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Dangers of Not Wearing a Mouth Guard

Not wearing a mouth guard can leave your children susceptible to trauma that would be classified as a dental emergency and require immediate care. Some examples of what can happen are:

  • Tooth Knocked Out – The tooth can be dislodged from the collision of athletes or an errant object flying through the air.

  • Tooth Knocked Loose – Even if the tooth is just knocked loose, this is still a situation that is typically considered a dental emergency, as the root can be exposed, leaving the gums vulnerable for infection.

  • Laceration – A laceration can occur due to a flying object or collision. This can cut the gums or other soft tissue in the mouth.

An old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth more than ten pounds of cure.” Your children may make it through their entire athletic careers without a scratch, let alone an injury or dental emergency, but it’s nice to be prepared for unforeseen events. That way you won’t have to look back, as a parent, and say, “I wish I would have taken some extra precautions.”

Contact your local dentist and make sure that your child is properly protected and feel safe and secure in watching them become the best versions of themselves.

About the Author

Craig P. Vacek, DDS received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska and went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. Hungry to know and grow more, he participates in hours of continuing education courses each year. Dr. Vacek practices at Vacek Family Dentistry and can be reached for more information through his website.