Does my child need a mouthguard for sports?
Are you wondering if your child needs a mouthguard? If your child plays hockey, football or any type of contact sport you’re probably pretty familiar with mouthguards. But what kind of mouthguard is best for your child?
As your child gets ready for back to school and the new season, it’s important to always have a mouth guard, especially when playing rough games of football or soccer. A custom mouthguard can protect your child’s teeth against injuries, such as chipped teeth or jaw damage and can protect a child’s tongue, lips and soft tissue in their mouth.
Mouth injuries can be very painful and costly. Especially if your child is in braces, having a mouthguard can avoid the braces from injuring the gums and cheeks.
Here is a list of different types of mouthguards:
- Custom-made Mouthguard: A pediatric dentist will take an impression of your child’s mouth and then have it fabricated at a lab to create a custom mouthguard. These are typically more expensive, but since they are created individually are more comfortable and have a better fit for your child’s mouth
- Stock Mouthguard: This type of guard is inexpensive and comes ready to wear, but unfortunately doesn’t fit very well. It can be bulky and makes talking and breathing difficult.
- Boil and Bite: You can find this at various sports stores and drugstores. They do offer a better fit than a stock mouth guard, since they are first softened in boiling water and then inserted to allow it to adapt to the shape of your child’s mouth.
Dr Levi Sorenson can create a custom mouthguard for your child to protect them from injuries while playing sports. It’s a vital back to school item and one you don’t want to miss!
Here are some tips on how to care for your custom-made mouthguard:
- Rinse your mouthguard before and after wearing
- Get a sturdy container with vents to store it germ-free and dry
- Clean it regularly with cool water and soap
- Bring it to your child’s preventive care visits to have your pediatric dentist check for wear and tear. They will be able to let you know when it’s time to replace due to growth in your child’s mouth.
Mouthguards are a great preventive service that can help children avoid emergency dental visits.
Call us today to find out about Sorenson’s Pediatric Dentistry’s back to school custom mouthguard service in Las Vegas! Don’t wait until it’s too late! If your child has had an injury to his teeth while playing sports call us right away, you can also find more information here to know what to do in case a tooth has been knocked out.