It’s safe to say that most Canadian children are active, with studies showing that about 84% of kids are involved in some kind of organized sport each year.
In fact, Canadian children’s organized sports make up a whopping $5.7 billion industry, with families paying on average $1,000 each year for their children to participate in various activities.
While the money is going towards a healthy and fun-filled life, it is understandable that families need to keep additional costs to a minimum, while at the same time keeping their children safe and happy.
One of the most common sports injuries, and the one with the biggest bill, is damaged teeth.
Luckily, there is a simple way to ensure that your child is protected and can play hard without the concern of serious dental damage: Sports mouthguards
Here is everything you need to know about mouthguards – from what kinds there are to how to fit one properly – so that you can be sure that your child will be just as safe on the field as they are when off it.
Let’s start with the basics.
SO, What are sports mouthguards?
Mouthguards are thick plastic protective devices shaped like a dental tray, which form to the shape of the teeth, gums, and mouth.
The mouthguard creates a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to prevent them from crashing together during impact, as well as protecting the teeth from being hit by something outside of the mouth, such as a puck, stick, or ball.
Fortunately, most sports teams recommend or require mouthguards to be used by athletes, but even in the cases where they are not required we still recommend them to be worn at all times – especially during high impact sports.
With the possibility of costly dental bills, it’s better to be safe than sorry.