Dental injuries while playing sport are really common. Dentists estimate that 13-39% of dental injuries occur while playing sports. In fact, you’ve probably seen an injury yourself either while watching sport on TV or on a Saturday morning at the football field.
There are all sorts of ways someone can get a facial injury. A child might hit the ground too hard in a tackle or have an unfortunate altercation with an opponent’s bony collarbone. They might get a stick to the teeth in hockey or a ball to the face in soccer.
Then there are the supposed ‘non-contact’ sports that can still result in horrific dental injuries. They might cop an elbow to the jaw while playing basketball or maybe a bat might fly through the air in a baseball game.
An injury could range from a chipped tooth to huge facial trauma and loss of teeth resulting in thousands of dollars of dental work.
All dentists agree that the best form of protection from tooth injury while playing sport is with a well-fitted mouthguard. A mouthguard can absorb impact and distribute forces evenly to help prevent dental injury.
What do you do if (gulp), your child hasn’t worn a mouthguard and sustains a dental injury. According to the Australian Dental Association https://www.ada.org.au/Your-Dental-Health/Children-0-11/Dental-Trauma , the most important thing is to visit the dentist ASAP.
They also advise to:
Prolon mouthguards use a shock absorbing material that is soft for easier moulding. It takes just 60 seconds to mould the mouthguard into the perfect fit for your kid’s mouth.
It’s pretty scary to think that millions of teeth are knocked out playing sport each year. Imagine how many of them could be prevented if the players were wearing a mouthguard?
Your mouthguard spends a lot of time in your mouth so it’s pretty important that it’s as clean as possible when you put it in. Not only would it taste disgusting if it’s dirty but a buildup of bacteria and grime could make you sick and impact your playing performance. No one wants that!
So, you’ve decided your child needs a mouthguard – great! There is an enormous range of mouthguards on the market so how do you decide what is appropriate for their needs? Here are some advantages of buying a boil and bite mouthguard like a Prolon mouthguard.
Mouthguards help prevent broken or chipped teeth, facial and jaw injuries. You should wear your mouthguard during warm-ups, training and games so how it fits is vital for protecting your mouth and ensuring comfort while you wear it.
If your child is small/large for their age or on the cusp of another size, we recommend purchasing a larger mouthguard and cutting it to size.