You love watching your little one out on the field or court -- but seeing them take a fall or tumble can be gut-wrenching. Investing in a custom-fitted sportsguard can help you feel better knowing their smile is protected from broken teeth, knocked out teeth, lacerations to the gums, and other painful or frightening injuries. Research even shows wearing a customized sportsguard can actually reduce the risk of concussion.
At Vacek Family Dentistry, we love your child’s smile and also want to make sure it stays healthy for the long-haul. During football season, basketball games, wrestling matches, and other sports, that means protecting it with a custom-fitted sportsguard! Keep reading to find out why these small devices matter and how you can get your child set up with one just in time for the next big game.
Benefits of Customized Sportsguards
You can buy a one-size-fits-all sportsguard at the pharmacy or grocery store -- but these generic versions just do not provide adequate protection compared to one that is customized for your child’s unique smile.
Having a sportsguard that is comfortable is important for ensuring it is actually worn at all times. One that slips around or falls out during the middle of the game won’t do you or your child any good. A customized sportsguard is created specifically for each set of teeth and gums, guaranteeing that it fits just like it should.
And, as we mentioned before, research actually shows that wearing a customized mouthguard (as opposed to a one-size-fits-all or boil and bite option) can reduce the risk of concussion in contact sports. That makes this small investment very important for your child’s overall health.
Sportsguards protect smiles during the roughest of sports, including...
- Baseball or softball
Taking Care of a Sportsguard
With regular cleaning and proper storage, a sportsguard can last for a full season, approximately. Make sure it is rinsed before and after each use. Brushing it gently with a mild hand soap will remove bacteria and help the sportsguard stay fresh and smelling fine. Do not use hot water, which could warp the plastic and cause it to lose its fit. When the sportsguard is not being used, be sure to store it away in its special case.