At What Age Should My Child Wear a Mouthguard During Sports?


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Mouthguards are essential when it comes to sports, even for adults. Mouthguards are usually
mandatory for contact sports such as football, lacrosse, wrestling, and hockey.

However, even wearing a mouthguard during non-contact sports such as soccer, basketball, and
baseball can help prevent injuries. Any child who plays a sport—regardless of age—should wear
a mouthguard. But why?

Injuries Can Happen During Any Sport

Accidents can happen anywhere, especially when your child is involved in a sport. Sports
injuries to the face, jaw, or mouth can cause major damage, from tooth loss to cut gums.

Even if your child just loses a baby tooth, losing baby teeth prematurely will impact your child’s
permanent teeth. Baby teeth are there to help guide adult teeth into position, so without this
important marker, your child may need to have orthodontia later on.

A mouthguard helps absorb the impact of the blow to the face or jaw, reducing the chances
that your child’s teeth will suffer the consequences. In fact, recent research suggests that
mouthguards may help prevent concussions during sports!

Mouthguards for Children of All Ages

Children of any age can be sized for a mouthguard. Many children start playing sports young, so
dentists can make custom mouthguards for children of all ages and sizes.

Although store-bought mouthguards are cheaper, they tend to be uncomfortable and don’t
provide full protection. A custom mouthguard from your dentist is your best choice and will
provide complete protection for your little one’s smile.

Mouthguards aren’t just for kids with braces—any child can benefit from wearing one when
playing sports!

How to Get Your Child to Wear Their Mouthguard

Not all children are keen on wearing mouthguards. Some may be too young to fully understand
why the mouthguard is necessary and attempt to go without it. Fortunately, there are several
ways to get your child to wear their mouthguard.

Get their favorite color. Your child will love their custom colored mouthguard!

Make it fun. You can get sparkly mouthguards or mouthguards with a unique logo or
design to customize it for your child.

Flavored mouthguards. Some dentists offer the option for mouthguards to come with a
flavor, which may encourage your child to wear it during their sport.

Incentives. If all else fails, offer your child an incentive, such as choosing a prize after
every game they wear their mouthguard.

You can and should explain to your child why the mouthguard is important for their smile, even
if they’re a bit young to fully understand. You can explain that a mouthguard is just as
important as their uniform, knee pads, shin guards, and other protective gear. You can also tell
them that a mouthguard is just another way of taking care of your smile, just like brushing and
flossing
.

If your child is playing a sport, especially a contact sport, a mouthguard should be an essential
part of their uniform during games and practices. Protecting your child’s teeth—even if they’re
baby teeth—is going to help their smile remain healthy and secure for life!

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At What Age Should My Child Wear a Mouthguard During Sports?
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If your child is playing a sport, especially a contact sport, a mouthguard should be an essential part of their uniform during games and practices. Any child who plays a sport—regardless of age—should wear a mouthguard. But why?
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Dr. Thomas Bucker
Dr. Thomas Bucker

Dr. Thomas Bucker is a member of the dental team at Carpathian Dental Associates in Johnson City, New York. Dr. Bucker has a focus in treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea and has advanced training in Oral Appliance Therapy. He is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

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