Fall is here! This means school has started again and sports are back in full swing, which means sports related injuries are common among children. According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), 70 percent of parents said their biggest worry is that their child will get hurt while playing sports. Another 67 percent admitted their child doesn’t wear a mouth guard when playing sports such as football, basketball, baseball and soccer. That’s why The Georgia School of Orthodontics (GSO) is doing our part to spread the word that facial sports injuries can be avoided simply by reminding your kids to wear mouth guards.
When engaging in high-impact activities like football or wrestling, the importance of wearing a mouth guard to protect your braces, teeth, and gums from injuries can’t be overstated. Be sure to avoid mouth guards that custom form to your teeth as these will resist any tooth movements your GSO doctor is trying to achieve.
The AAO has provided the following tips for keeping your kids safe on the field.
What Should You Do If an Injury Occurs?
Even if you’re the perfect patient and wear your mouth guard faithfully, you just can’t predict when an accident will happen. There is always potential for you to suffer an injury and need to seek medical treatment. If that happens, we’ve put together a short list of things to keep in mind to help minimize the risk of further damage or any lasting effects:
Here at The Georgia School of Orthodontics, we recommend mouth guards for all our patients with braces. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about a particular mouth guard or your treatment.