Athletic Mouthguards – Chesterfield, MO
Protection That You Can Trust On The Field
Does your child love playing sports? Whether they participate on their school’s team or have started a small league with their neighborhood friends, it’s important to provide them with the protection they need to avoid a trip to their emergency dentist near you. Dr. Sedighi recommends oral protection with athletic mouthguards from our Chesterfield, MO dental office that are made from high-quality, cushioning materials that you can trust will keep them safe.
Why Choose Homer Sedighi, D.M.D. for Athletic Mouthguards?
- Accident-Reducing Protection
- Easier To Run and Breathe With
Benefits of Customized Athletic Mouthguards
Getting your child an athletic mouthguard comes with a variety of benefits. Some of these advantages include:
- Prevention of cuts and bruising upon impact.
- Prevent tooth fractures and knocked-out teeth.
- Protection for lower jaw.
- Reduce risk of brain injury.
- Prevent neck injuries.
As a parent, knowing that your child has the best protection from impact on the field can give you the peace-of-mind necessary to enjoy watching them play without having to worry about everything that could go wrong.
Athletic Mouthguards FAQs
As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Sedighi understands the necessity of helping children and teenagers better protect their smiles. It is during this time that their extracurricular activities can lead them to neglect proper oral hygiene and fall victim to sports-related dental injuries. If you, as a parent, want to safeguard their smile and avoid regular trips to the emergency dentist for breaks, chips, or knocked-out teeth, an athletic mouthguard is an ideal solution. But before we customize your child’s oral device, below is a list of questions commonly asked by our patients. Feel free to review the following information and contact us with any additional questions you might have.
What kinds of injuries can a mouthguard prevent?
Customized mouthguards are extremely effective at preventing tooth and gum-related injuries. Not only can these devices create a barrier that can withstand increased pressure applied to the oral cavity, but they can minimize the potential for chipped or broken teeth as well as those that could be knocked out. Athletics mouthguards for kids are also beneficial when it comes to avoiding soft tissue lacerations (i.e., gums, cheeks, lips, tongue) and preventing nerve damage to one or more teeth.
How should my child take care of their mouthguard?
After their big game, make sure your child removes their mouthguard and rinses in a mixture of cold, soapy water. This will remove dried-on saliva and bacteria that can easily transfer onto their teeth. It’s also helpful to rinse the device with mouthwash should an odor become prevalent. Once it has been thoroughly cleaned and is allows to dry, your child should keep it in a clean, protective case. Make sure your child never keeps their oral device in a hot car or washes it using hot water, as this can warp the material and ruin the mouthguard.
How long can a customized mouthguard last?
How long your child’s mouthguard will last is largely dependent on how well they take care of it. If properly maintained, it may be able to last a year or more; however, it’s not uncommon for parents to replace their child’s mouthguards more often simply because of the changes occurring in their child’s facial structure. Developing jawbones, tooth eruption, and changes in alignment can cause their mouthguard to no longer fit comfortably, requiring you to meet with us to have a new one created.
What if my child has braces? Can they still wear a mouthguard?
Yes! Even if your child or teen is undergoing orthodontic treatment, they can continue to engage in their favorite sport! Our team can develop a customized mouthguard that properly and comfortably fits over their braces and minimizes the impact while on the field, track, or court. Because fears of poking wires, busted brackets, or soft tissue lacerations are much higher while wearing braces, a mouthguard can lower these risks and give you and your child greater peace of mind throughout the game.