Did you know that one-fifth of all childhood trauma is centered around the mouth? While some injuries occur from accidents such as trips and falls, a large portion of oral trauma is the result of contact sports. This is why Dr. R. Bruce Howell recommends that your child wear a protective mouth guard if he or she participates in any contact sport.

Mouth guards are designed to protect a person’s teeth and mouth from injury sustained while engaged in sports activities. They are commonly required by schools and intramural organizations for children and adolescents participating in many sports, including:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Wrestling
  • Volleyball
  • Baseball
  • Lacrosse
  • Hockey

While there are a variety of mouth guards available for purchase from sporting goods stores and pharmacies, we recommend that your child use a custom mouth guard from Orem Pediatric Dentistry. This helps ensure proper fit and function of the appliance–a poorly-fitting mouth guard can actually cause damage on its own. Custom mouth guards are especially important for patients currently wearing braces or with other special dental considerations.

If your child engages in contact sports of any kind, keeping their smile safe while they play is important! For more information about sports mouth guards in Orem, Utah, please contact us today at 801-802-7200 to schedule an appointment with our caring pediatric dentist.