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Should You Invest in a Mouth Guard for Your Child?

Posted on 10/25/2015 by Anthony M. DiCesare
A lime green protective mouth guard.If your child is involved in sports or other athletic activity, a mouth guard will be an important part of his protective equipment. Mouth guards will fit snugly over the upper teeth in order to protect the mouth from traumatic injury. All parents should consider an investment in a custom-made mouth guard for their kids.

How Mouth Guards Will Protect Your Children

Mouth guards are designed to protect the teeth, but they can also reduce the amount of force placed on the jaw to the base of the brain. This can help to minimize the risk of traumatic brain injuries, especially for younger kids. Additionally, mouth guards can reduce the likelihood of experiencing the following injuries:

•  Concussions
•  Cheek, lip, and tongue lesions
•  Fractures to the jawbone
•  Soft tissue and gum injuries
•  Neck injuries
•  Tooth fractures

Types of Mouth Guards

There are three main types of mouth guards. The type that is available through your dental office is a custom-made option, and these are the most effective at protecting the teeth.

Your dentist will use an impression of your child's teeth to create a mouth guard that will fit with his specific dental patterns. While these mouth guards might cost a little more than the other options and can take longer to fit, they also tend to be the most comfortable.

The other two varieties can be purchased from any sporting goods store, and they include stock and boil and bite mouth guards. Stock mouth guards will fit into your child's mouth directly after being purchased, and since the fit is one-size-fits-all, they provide only minimal protection and might not be very comfortable.

On the other hand, boil and bite mouth guards can be customized to your teeth, and they offer better protection and easier breathing and speech production than the stock variety.

Please contact us if you have any questions about mouth guards.

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