Why Your Child Needs a Mouthguard

Why-Your-Child-Needs-a-MouthguardIs your child active in sports at school or recreational activities?  If they are, then your child needs a mouthguard and you will want to make sure that he/she is protected not only from the sport itself, but what can happen to their mouths if there is a mishap. Mouth protection is just as important as shoulder pads and shin guards — and a mouthguard should be worn to protect the chompers.

Mouthguards are a great way to help prevent damaged teeth and nerves and possibly losing a tooth!  They work by covering all of your teeth (usually on your upper arch) with a fitted plastic material and absorb the pressure from a hit to the mouth.


Types of Mouthguards

Pre-made.  You can purchase pre-made guards from a store.  They aren’t always great fitting, but if you are looking to try an inexpensive route first, try that.

Boil to fit. There are also mouthguards you can purchase that you need to boil first to soften them and then form them to your teeth.  These are a little better since there’s a touch of customization.

Customized. Then, there is also a very customized guard that you can get from your dental office.  An impression is taken and then a mouthguard is made based off of the impression so it’s made specifically for one particular person and fits their teeth perfectly.  As seen below:

Customized-Dental-Impression

Each type of mouthguard has different cost factors. Obviously the guard that can be made through a dental office will be the most expensive because there is an impression and time involved making it to fit your mouth specifically. But if you aren’t sure if your child will wear a mouthguard, try an inexpensive one first and if that goes well, get one that is customized.
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Not only is it important for your child to wear a mouthguard to prevent damage to their nerve health and teeth, adults should wear them too.  It’s better to be safe than sorry and if it will protect you from a broken tooth or ending up needing to have a root canal because of nerve damage, why not?  It’s a simple thing to add to your sport protection and you can get them in different colors!  Cool.

Szmanda Dental would be happy to talk to you about mouthguards and discuss the benefits.  We can easily make one for you or your child at our office or if you have more specific needs, we can have one made at our lab.  Please feel free to ask your dentist or dental hygienists if you have any questions.  We are here to help!

 Written by staff at Szmanda Dental Center 2014
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See also: Broken Tooth? Now What?!