Sports Injury Protection

Pettinato Children's Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry located in Wesley Chapel, FL

If your child is getting involved in sports, it’s time to start thinking about sports injury protection and preserving their oral health. The skilled pediatric dentists at Pettinato Children's Dentistry in Wesley Chapel, Florida, create custom mouthguards to minimize your child’s risk of tooth damage. Learn more about sports injury protection solutions offered at the clinic by booking an evaluation online. You can also call to speak with a team member directly.

Sports Injury Protection Q & A

Why is dental sports injury protection important? 

Your child only gets one set of permanent teeth, so it’s essential to protect their teeth whenever they’re at risk of direct contact. It’s important to get your child set up with sports injury protection solutions, such as a custom mouthguard, to decrease their risk of:

  • Tongue or cheek wounds from biting
  • Damage to orthodontic appliances
  • Tooth breaks, fractures, or chips
  • Knocked-out teeth

You should consider a custom mouthguard—also known as a sports guard—for your child if they wrestle or play any sort of sport where they have a risk of falls, direct contact with another player, or contact from flying balls or equipment. Mouthguards are highly recommended if your child plays football, soccer, basketball, baseball, or hockey, to name a few. 

How can my child protect their teeth during sports?

One of the best and most effective ways for your child to protect their teeth during sporting events and training is to have them wear a mouthguard every time they play. Pettinato Children's Dentistry designs custom mouthguards that are tailored to fit your child precisely for maximum comfort. 

Mouthguards generally cover your child’s upper arch, although in some cases, they may need a mouthguard on their lower arch, too. These flexible yet durable oral appliances safeguard your child’s teeth and minimize the risk of injury.

How often should my child see a dentist for sports injury protection?

The caring team at Pettinato Children's Dentistry encourages you to bring your child in for a sports injury protection evaluation if they’re just beginning a new sport or activity. Because your child’s teeth may be continuing to grow and shift, you might need to bring them in two or more times per year (as recommended) to have their mouthguard replaced or adjusted.

You should also visit Pettinato Children's Dentistry if your child develops an injury during sports, such as a chipped tooth. It’s never too late to treat any current issues and get your child fitted for a mouthguard.

Pettinato Children's Dentistry is dedicated to providing superior dental sports injury protection services. Book your child’s appointment through the website or over the phone today.