Millions of youth participating in sporting activities each year across the United States. Many families make sports a huge priority in their lives, both for the fun it brings and for the skills that sports build. These are great reasons for anyone to be involved in sporting activities, yet parents always need to be aware of the potential risks involved in the participation of any sport.
All sports have some potential of risk, while certain sports are certainly considered more dangerous than others. For example, football is more dangerous than swimming, and the likelihood for serious injury is much greater. Yet, prevention of injury should be a huge priority no matter what sport your child chooses to participate in. Protecting your child’s smile is an area that must not be overlooked.
More than 3 million teeth are lost each year among youth sports participants. At Huebner Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics, we understand the importance of protecting your child’s smile so that it will be a healthy, beautiful, and complete feature for life. Our dedicated staff wants to help you provide the protection your child needs.
All sports require specific gear and equipment. Whether your child simply needs a bathing suit and towel, good running shoes, or a full head-to-toe uniform, providing your child with the necessary equipment is essential. When getting your child’s gear together, please do not forget a mouth guard. Any type of sport that involves contact requires a mouth guard for your child’s protection. Flying balls, flying elbows, swinging bats and sticks, shooting pucks – all of these can cause irreversible damage to your child’s smile. Mouth guards help to protect the teeth by cushioning them against any type of blow, and they also provide a soft surface for wearers to bite down on to relieve pressure. This piece of equipment can be purchased at your local drug store or you can have a custom mouth guard made. The prices range from $20 – $300, yet that is just a small fraction of what you would pay to correct dental trauma.
Your child’s smile needs protection – plain and simple. Contact Huebner Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics to learn more. We are here to help your child maintain a healthy smile for life.