Most children are involved in a variety of sports and activities throughout the year. Some sports are more rigorous than others. Parents often wonder if their children would benefit from wearing a mouthguard. The simple answer is, yes. Children need to wear protective gear like helmets and pads. And they need to wear a mouthguard too.
Purpose of a Mouthguard
Mouthguards or mouth protectors are essential pieces of safety equipment. They can help prevent broken teeth and injuries to the soft tissue in the mouth. A mouthguard is typically worn over the upper teeth and are often worn during contact sports such as boxing, football, or hockey. They can also prevent dental injuries sustained in non-contact activities such as skating or gymnastics, and your Monument, CO dentist will recommend that any active child should have one.
The Three Types of Mouthguards
- Custom-Fitted: These mouthguards are made by your child’s dentist to fit their mouth properly. It is by far the most efficient type of mouthguard available, and a Monument, CO dental team can customize one for your child.
- Stock: These inexpensive mouthguards come pre-formed and ready to wear. Unfortunately, they don’t always fit very well nor do they offer much protection compared to other mouthguards. However, they are better than nothing at all.
- Boil and Bite: These are similar to stock mouthguards in that they can be purchased in any department or sporting goods store, but they are not pre-formed. They need to be softened in boiling water before they can be placed in your child’s mouth and be allowed to adapt to their mouth’s shape.
Contact us for more Info
If you are unsure which is the best mouthguard for your child’s sport, contact us. We will be happy to provide more information about choosing a mouthguard for your child. Contact Dr. Jeff Yelle at Distinctive Dental today.