Athletic Mouth Guard
What is a mouth guard?
An athletic mouth guard protects your child's teeth while playing sports. A preformed mouth guard can be purchased at a sports story or a fitted made of soft plastic by the pediatric dentist. They fit comfortably to the shape of the top teeth.
Why should my child wear a sports guard?
Mouth guards are an important part of sports equipment and sports safety. They protect the teeth, gums, tongue and cheek. Most oral injuries, include chipping or losing teeth, can be prevented with the use of a mouth guard.
When should my child use a mouth guard?
Your child should use a mouth guard when playing any contact sport or participating in an activity that may pose a risk to their face or teeth. Some of these sports include football, basketball, soccer, hockey, skateboarding, and many more. Mouth guards are important even in those sports we don't traditionally think of as contact sports.
What is the best mouth guard?
The best mouth guard is one your child will wear. It should fit comfortably and not be bulky. For some kids a pre-made or "boil to fit" will work adequately. Other kids will be more likely to wear a custom fitted mouth guard made by the pediatric dentist. These tend to be more comfortable.