Mouthguards

Don’t Forget the Mouthguard

Don't Forget The Mouthguard

Every sport your child plays seems to include a giant list of equipment required in order to protect them. Everything from helmets, shin guards, elbow pads, knee pads, shoulder pads, etc. Except for a few sports like football and hockey, one important piece of protective equipment that often gets overlooked is a mouthguard. Mouthguards not only protect your teeth, but also help cushion against any form of impact to the head or face, possibly protecting against jaw injuries, lip or mouth lacerations-even concussions.

All Mouthguards Are Not Created Equal

You can buy mouthguards in most sporting goods stores and even the sport sections of many big box stores. These types of mouthguards are usually inexpensive and are “one size fits all.” Now a generic mouthguard is better than nothing and can work quite well for some kids. However, the biggest issue is getting them to fit properly. As someone who has tried to fit many of these through the years, I know it can get quite frustrating for parents–and scary for kids. Raise your hand if you like putting boiling hot silicone in your mouth! A better choice might be a custom fit mouthguard from the dentist. Your dentist will take an actual mold of your teeth so the mouthguard will fit perfectly, be more comfortable and more likely to be worn without complaint. They might cost a little more but are far less expensive than a costly tooth repair. Plus, no scalding hot water is needed!

Suggested Sports for Mouthguard Use

When it comes to your kids’ teeth, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Here is a list of suggested sports for mouthguard use:

– Football

– Soccer

– Ice/Roller Hockey

– Basketball

– Boxing

– Lacrosse

– Baseball/Softball

– Volleyball

– Wrestling

– Skiing/Snowboarding

– Racquetball

Not taking the proper precautions with your kid’s teeth can become painful and costly. The best way to avoid this potential pain and expense is with a properly fitted mouthguard. You can try one from a sports store and see if it works for you. However, a custom fit mouthguard will provide great protection and might even keep your child from complaining about having to wear it. A parent can dream, can’t they?

National Children’s Dental Health Month

Happy National Children’s Dental Health Month!

NCDHM began as a 1-day event in 1941, which then became a week-long celebration in 1955 and has now become a full holiday. Most states and dental clinics participate in NCDHM with activities and free screenings for kids.

Each year the American Dental Association promotes a different campaign targeting a new dental health goal. This year’s campaign gives us the perfect opportunity to highlight the importance of maintaining a health smile.

Part of a child’s development and overall health includes the health of their teeth and gums. The mouth harbors a lot of bacteria throughout the day and night, which eventually leads to tooth decay if your child’s smile isn’t regularly brushed and flossed. Without proper dental care, children will fall victim to cavities and gum disease, which can cause pain, discomfort, lack of nutrition intake and missed school.

However, there are several things you can do to help set your children up for good oral and overall health for life!

Brush for 2 Minutes, 2 Times a Day

Brushing for 2 minutes twice a day is recommended—especially after breakfast and before bedtime. Try making up or finding a 2-minute song about brushing to make it more fun.

Drink Fluoridated Water

Skip the fruit juice. Fruit juices and sodas are packed with sugar. When paired with proper brushing and flossing, fluoridated water is your child’s best bet for a cavity-free smile!

Use Fluoridated Toothpaste

Toothpaste with fluoride is proven to be more effective for cavity protection. Many brands have fluoridated toothpaste for kids with fun flavors!

Eat A Balanced Diet

We all love the occasional sweet treat! With that said, you want to make sure your child’s diet mostly contains a healthy mix of fruits, veggies and proteins. When they do indulge in sweets, be sure they have a glass of fluoridated water to rinse with until it’s time to brush!

Floss Before Bed

Flossing is essential to your child’s dental health. You can begin flossing your child’s teeth when they touch together. Your dentist can show you how to floss your child’s teeth until they have the manual dexterity to do so themselves.

Visit the Dentist

Visit a dental professional every 6 months to maintain healthy teeth and a bright smile!

Education is one of our most important practice values, and we love getting parents and kids excited about dental care! Contact us to set up an appointment at 1 of our 7 friendly Neighborhood Dental locations today!

Looking for other fun dental-related activities for your kids? Download the following American Dental Association (ADA) activity sheets!

South Dakota Dental Clinics, Sioux Falls Dentist, Dentists in Sioux Falls, Dentists in Yankton, Family Dentists in Sioux Falls, Root Canal Sioux Falls SD, Dental Implants in Sioux Falls, Tea Dentist, Dentist in Tea, Dental Implants, Root Canals, Tea South Dakota, Dentists in East Sioux Falls SD, Local Sioux Falls Dentists, Root Canals in Sioux Falls, Dental Implants in Sioux Falls, Teeth Extractions in Sioux Falls, Teeth Cleaning in Sioux Falls, Harrisburg Dentist, Sioux Falls Dentist, Dentist in Harrisburg, Dental Implants, Root Canals, Harrisburg South Dakota, Kid Friendly Dentist in Sioux Falls, Lincoln Area Dentist, Omaha Area Dentist, Dentists in Papillion, Dentists in Omaha, Nebraska Dentists, Omaha Dentist, Papillion Dentist, Dentist in Papillion, Dental Implants in Papillion, Dental Implants, Root Canals, Root Canals in Papillion, Teeth Extractions, GLO Whitening, Papillion Nebraska, Dr. Ryan Morrison, Family Dentist in Papillion, Kid Friendly Dentist, Teeth Whitening, Dentists in Papillion NE, Dentists in Omaha Area, Local Papillion Dentists, Lincoln Dentist, Dentist in Lincoln NE, Dental Implants, Root Canals, Lincoln Nebraska, Dr. Greg Bennett, Family Dentist in Lincoln, Kid Friendly Dentist, Teeth Whitening, Crowns, Dentures, Bridges, Children Dentist, Dental Clinic in Lincoln, Holdrege Street, Dentists in Lincoln, NE, Local Lincoln Dentists, Root Canals in Lincoln, Dental Implants in Lincoln, Teeth Extractions in Lincoln, Teeth Cleaning in Lincoln, Same Day Crowns,

Did You Know About On-Time Seating?

We mean what we say when it comes to Dentistry without Delay. Neighborhood Dental will credit you $1.00 for every minute after 10 minutes that you wait for your scheduled appointment time.

We strive to never make you wait any longer than needed. If you’ve been waiting any longer than 10 minutes, please let the dental clinic front desk know and we will actually credit you $1.00 for every minute after 10 minutes. Yes, it’s that simple. We get it. You’re busy. Although we try our best to stay on task, we get busy at times too. Here at Neighborhood Dental, this is our way to make sure you’re taken care of. We’re here to save you pain, time, and money. Call and schedule an appointment today with a dentist near me!