Is your child actively involved in sports? Do you notice that they clench their teeth when stressed over an upcoming test? If so, it’s time to let Dr. Justin and Dr. Sage with Sprout Dentistry for Kids provide a safe and effective method of treatment that will protect their teeth from excessive wear and tear and possible injury – nightguards and sportsguards. These custom-made appliances are designed to fit your child’s teeth appropriately, making them an easy and comfortable solution for children who grind their teeth or play sports. Find out how if your child is eligible to receive one of these beneficial appliances by calling our office.
If you’ve heard the term “mouthguard,” you probably are aware of the different varieties available. Oftentimes, the wording is interchangeable, but at Sprout Dentistry for Kids, we offer nightguards and sportsguards.
A common problem among young people, especially children, is teeth grinding. Also known as “Bruxism,” this bad dental habit occurs for many reasons, but some of the most common include:
If you notice your child grinding their teeth while they sleep, it is in their best interest (and yours) to call our office and schedule an appointment to have them examined for a possible nightguard. When teeth grinding is left untreated, it can lead to excessive wear and tear on their teeth, as well as problems with jaw pain (TMJ/TMD). A nightguard can be crafted to fit their mouth, accordingly, keeping their top and bottom teeth from coming into contact with each other while they sleep.
If you are the parent of a child or teen who is active in sports, you probably find yourself in the stands cheering them on as well as wincing with every tackle or near-miss of a flying soccer ball. To protect your child’s mouth from damage and injury, it is suggested that they wear a sportsguard. Contact sports aren’t the only way they can injure their teeth, gums, or soft tissues. Tennis, baseball, and even basketball often can result in bloodied gums and broken or lost teeth. By wearing a sportsguard, your child will be protected, and you can feel more at ease while watching them play a sport they love.
Almost all children who play sports can and should wear a sportsguard; however, depending on the symptoms your child displays, they may or may not be a candidate for a nightguard. If any of the following signs are being exhibited by your child, make an appointment with Dr. Justin or Dr. Sage to discuss your child’s treatment options:
As a parent, you don’t want to keep your child from playing their favorite sport. You also don’t want their teeth to be damaged by a powerful impact or harmful grinding. By choosing pediatric dentistry in McKinney to customize your child’s oral appliance, you are taking the appropriate steps to protect their teeth, and ultimately their oral and overall health.
Some of the benefits that come with your child wearing a nightguard or sportsguard include: