Summer is here, and for many kids—and even some adults—that means summer sports! In fact, it’s been estimated that anywhere from 35% to 75% of kids participate in some sort of organized or team sport during the course of the year. No matter how you slice it, that’s a lot of kids playing sports, which means a lot of healthy smiles that need to be protected. Fortunately, that’s where a good mouthguard and a little advice from your Overland Park dentist come in.
Any sport is going to require a certain amount of equipment if you want to play it right, whether that’s pads and a helmet or a bat and a ball, and for most sports, that essential equipment should include a mouthguard. Some sports require mouthguards if you’re playing them in school or in a league. These include baseball and softball as well as volleyball and even skateboarding or competitive bicycling. Other sports that sometimes require mouthguards—and probably always should—include basketball, football, lacrosse, and rugby.
Even if the school or league doesn’t require a mouthguard, your Overland Park dentist would certainly recommend using one anyway in sports such as wrestling, martial arts, in-line skating, field hockey, racquetball, water polo, or equestrian activities. The list goes on and on.
Why are mouthguards such an integral—yet all-too-often overlooked—piece of essential equipment for so many different sports? The fact is 36% of accidental injuries among kids occur while playing sports, and a child is more than 50 times more likely to sustain a dental injury if he or she is not wearing a mouthguard during sports activities. Every year, mouthguards prevent countless injuries among children (and adults) playing sports of all kinds. That’s a lot of healthy smiles that get to stay healthy thanks to mouthguards!
What’s more, mouthguards don’t just protect your teeth. They also guard the soft tissues of your gums and even your jaw. Think about it: If you’re playing football and you get tackled, or you’re sliding into home plate and hit your chin on the ground, that jolt is going to be much easier on your jaw if there’s a mouthguard in place to absorb some of that impac
The cost of a mouthguard is pretty insignificant, especially compared to the cost of repairing the damage that might be done in the event of an injury that a mouthguard could have prevented. More importantly, however, none of us want to see our children get hurt, especially if we know that we could have done something to keep it from happening.
Luckily, your Overland Park dentist can help you find a mouthguard that’s perfect for the summer sports season. All you have to do is call (913) 338-3384 to schedule an appointment or ask any questions you might have about mouthguards, dental safety, or anything else to do with your teeth, gums, and overall dental health. We’re always happy to answer questions and to hear from our neighbors in Overland Park, so call today!