When To Wear A Mouthguard

When To Wear A Mouthguard

While most of us associate mouth guards with those participating in an active lifestyle, especially school-age children participating in their school’s sports program, these aren’t the only reason you or your child may need a mouth guard. Available in a broad range of styles and with sizes available for all ages there’s sure to be a mouth guard that will protect your child from the perils of school sports, and if you play along you’ll need one too.

Mouth Guards And The Active Lifestyle

It’s not just about school sports, any form of activity that gets you outside and physically active comes with some degree of risk to your oral health. Mouthguards help protect against impacts to your jaw from footballs, hockey pucks, elbows, just about anything the aggressive sportsperson may encounter in pursuit of their passion. If you love to water ski you know how hard the water can feel when you crash and burn, a mouth guard makes sure that you don’t come away from it with anything worse than a sunburn. Rollerblading is another activity that carries significant risk to the body, up to and including hitting the pavement with your chin and damaging your teeth. An active life requires passive protection, and that’s where the mouth guard comes in.

It’s About More Than Teeth

There’s more at risk with an active lifestyle than just your teeth, your face and jaws can be damaged as well. Mouthguards help protect from this form of damage by limiting the force experienced during the jaw by an accident and cushioning the face and lips from injury and the resulting unsightly scars. The recovery time from a broken jaw can be quite lengthy and painful, while unsightly scars can damage your self-esteem, impact your career path, and can be with you for a lifetime.

Bruxism Can Be Treated With Mouth Guards

Bruxism, or grinding your teeth, is a problem faced by millions of Americans of every age. The stress and emotional turmoil of growing up can lead to children grinding their teeth in their sleep, causing permanent damage and other dental issues as a result. A mouth guard (known as a bite plate) for wear, while you’re sleeping, can prevent damage from grinding your teeth and also ease the pain and stiffness in the jaw commonly associated with it.

If anyone in your family loves the outdoors and being active, or suffers from Bruxism, it’s time to pick up the phone and call Dr. Pallavi Kavety at Pasadena Children’s Dentistry in Pasadena CA. Their team of experts helps a family like yours enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle while managing the risks that come with it. Don’t let fear of damaging their teeth stand in the way of your child’s athletic future, contact the office today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kavety. After discussing your lifestyle and oral health they’re sure to find a mouth guard solution that works for you!