If you’re a parent, you probably do many things to protect your child while he or she is playing sports, such as buying them thick helmets, knee pads, and other protective gear. However, you’re missing an important piece of safety equipment if you don’t make sure that your child has a mouth guard. If mouth guards are something that you or your child needs, then the Morningside Heights dentist office of Amsterdam West Side Dental Associates would be happy to assist you.
Mouth guards can be the difference between losing teeth during a sports-related accident, and walking away unharmed. When you think of reasons why people need mouth guards, playing football, baseball, basketball, and hockey are probably the first activities that come to mind. However, these aren’t the only activities that can put your teeth in danger. People can lose a tooth while doing things such as gymnastics and tennis as well. However, certain sports do pose a greater risk than others. Furthermore, according to the ADA, athletes who don’t wear mouth-guards are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth. This is why it’s important for those in all sports to have this vital piece of equipment. The right mouth guard should be tear-resistant and comfortable. It should fit the mouth well, and be easy to clean and durable. At our Morningside Heights dentist office, we are able to make a custom mouth guard for you or your child in both soft and hard materials. In addition to mouth guards for athletic activities, there are mouth-guards you can wear at night to help prevent damage from clinching or grinding your teeth or to help you sleep and reduce the symptoms of TMJ.
Mouth guards can be one of the least expensive pieces of protective equipment available, so it only makes sense that you visit our Morningside Heights dentist at Amsterdam West Side Dental Associates to receive this protective equipment so your child can celebrate their team’s win with a complete and beautiful smile.