Protect your child against sports-related dental injuries
Warm weather brings increased outdoor activities. Whether it’s team sports like soccer and softball, or individual activities like skateboarding or rollerblading, the American Dental Society recommends the use of protective mouthguards. A mouthguard covers the upper teeth and cushions a blow to the face minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth.
A properly fitted mouthguard allows the user to breathe and speak normally. There are three types of mouthguard:
- Stock: These are inexpensive and come preformed and ready to use. However, they don’t fit well, can be bulky, and can make breathing and talking difficult.
- Boil and Bite: These are sold at sporting goods stores and drug stores. Before the first use they must be softened in hot water and then inserted and allowed to form to the shape of the teeth and mouth. They fit better than stock mouthguards.
- Custom fitted: These offer the best fit because your dentist will make one just for you. They are more expensive than the other two types.
When a child has fixed braces on his teeth, it is highly recommended that a mouthguard be worn, even on the lower teeth. If a child wears a removable retainer, it should not be worn during any contact sports.
Dr Yash will be happy to discuss the options in selecting a mouthguard for your child.