How to Tell if Your Child Needs to Wear a Mouthguard

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You want your child to have a strong, successful, and healthy smile, right? Well, in addition to helping them keep up on oral hygiene and visit their dentist, Dr. Alan J. White, regularly, you can also encourage them to wear a mouthguard. This appliance can protect their smile and prevent dental injuries. However, there are only certain times when a mouthguard is necessary.

One of the first situations, when a mouthguard is necessary, is when your child plays high-contact sports and activities. This is important because, during these sports and activities (like football, basketball, boxing, rugby, soccer, and more), there is a good chance your child can suffer a blow to the face, which could result in knocked-out, chipped, and broken teeth. If they wear a mouthguard, their smile can be protected. The second situation is when your child grinds their teeth at night. These teeth grinding habit can wear down the tooth enamel and even crack it. Wearing a mouthguard can reduce the pressure and effects on the chompers. However, if this is necessary, the dentist will prescribe it.

If your child gives you any push back when you recommend wearing a mouthguard, there are a couple things you can do. You can tell them about the dental injuries that can occur if they don’t protect their smile, and you can show them a picture of their favorite professional athlete wearing a mouthguard. These things might give them a little push in the right direction.

To learn more about mouthguard in Staunton, Virginia, please contact Dr. Alan J. White, D.D.S. at 540-886-1979 at your earliest convenience. Our dental team is more than happy to help you!