Active children are healthy children, but recreation and sports can present a threat to a child’s oral health. Athletic mouth guards can help protect a child’s teeth from a knee, elbow club, ball, racket or just about any other object flying toward his or her face. For maximum effectiveness, a sports mouth guard should fit well and be properly cleaned between usages. Custom mouth guards provide the best fit for active children and teens and can be acquired through your child’s pediatric dentist.
Did you know…
that the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry reports that more than 80 percent of children do not wear mouth guards while participating in sports because they have not been required to do so? While helmets and other safety equipment are mandatory, the teeth and jaws are often left unprotected. Children should wear mouth guards during all contact sports, including gymnastics, soccer, football, wrestling and basketball.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does my child need a custom sports mouth guard?
Your child needs a custom sports mouth guard if he or she participates in any type of activity – whether organized or recreational. From martial arts to biking, a custom sports mouth guard could save your child’s teeth from serious trauma or even total loss.
How will my child be fit for a mouth guard?
An impression will be taken of your child’s teeth, which will be used to produce a custom mouth guard. The guard will be made of superior quality materials that are designed to last long-term. In fact, your child will probably outgrow his or her guard before it needs to be replaced.
How my child care for the mouth guard at home?
Your child will need to clean his or her mouth guard between uses with cold water only. Use a softened toothbrush if necessary, and dry it before storing it safely in protective case. As your child grows, the mouth guard will need to be replaced to accommodate a better fit.