Damaged teeth. Broken jaws. Cut lips. Facial injuries. What do you think most frequently causes these type of injuries? Car accidents? Fights? Clumsiness?

Not even.

Every year thousands of people in the U.S., including children, damage their mouth, teeth and gums by…

Playing sports! And the real shame is that most of these injuries could have been avoided, or at least minimized, if these would-be sports stars would have been wearing a custom-fitted mouth guard.

Mouth guards, made of soft plastic or laminate, help absorb the impact of a blow to your child’s face and spread it out, often allowing him or her to prevent a serious injury to the mouth, jaw or teeth. Because even with the best dentist and care, those kinds of contact injuries can call for painful, lengthy, complex and expensive dental treatments — that a custom-made mouth guard from Children’s Dental Fun Zone could help your child avoid.

Think of all the money we spend so our children have the right jerseys, shoes, balls and other equipment for the sports they play. A custom mouth guard should be at the top of the list of must-have items, for practically every sport your child may play. In fact, mouth guards are already mandatory for what are considered “collision sports,” such as football, hockey and boxing. But other contact sports also put your child at risk for mouth injuries.

Sports that can cause injury to the face, mouth and teeth include:

  • Football
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Hockey
  • Boxing
  • Wrestiling
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Skateboarding

So whether your child is playing or practicing for any of these sports, he or she should wear a mouth guard – tell them all the top athletes certainly do! And if your child is already playing sports wearing a custom-fitted mouth guard, you should have it checked at their regular appointments to make sure it still fits properly and is offering maximum protection.

Protect your children’s precious face and teeth when they play sports. Have us make a custom mouth guard now, before they hit the field. Call today for an appointment: (800) 717-KIDS.