Children all over the country are active and are involved in different types of organized sports each year. The number of participants in high school sports increased for the 27th consecutive year, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. With all this activity, the ultimate goal is to keep children safe and happy as they maintain their participation.
One of the most common sports injuries is damaged teeth. It also comes with a very hefty bill, so how can we rein those costs in? Prevention is key. Sports mouth guards will protect your child’s teeth and play a serious role in the prevention of injuries.
Serious injuries associated with sports participation can include chipped teeth, broken teeth, fractured crowns, lip and cheek injuries, root damage, fractured jaws, and even concussions. Athletes are at risk for oral injury and a mouth guard can help prevent sports trauma.
A mouth guard is a thick plastic protective device that forms to the shape of teeth, gums, and mouth. It creates a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to prevent contact during an impact while shielding the teeth from outside impacts. Mouth guards are often required for high contact sports like hockey and football among other sports.
There are three different types of mouth guards available on the market for your athlete. The first of which is an over the counter, stock mouth guard. They’re ready to use straight from the package and can be purchased at most sporting goods stores.
The second kind is a boil and bite mouth guard, which is also available over the counter. They’re preferable because they allow a closer fit to the wearer’s mouth. Boil the guard until it is pliable and then place in the mouth until cool. It will conform to your natural bite, hardening into place. Replace this type of mouth guard every season due to its pliable nature.
The final type is a custom-fit mouth guard professionally made in our dental office. A detailed mold of your teeth is taken and a lab creates the custom dental wear. It is constructed from material specified by the dentist in order to best suit your needs. These mouth guards make the best protection for your mouth as they won’t lose their shape and will provide extra protection while remaining durable and long-lasting.
It’s important to choose the right mouth guard for your athlete. Let us help you consider the level of impact involved in your child’s sport, the expense, the material, and finally overall comfort to suit your needs best. Call 618-939-4042 to schedule a no-obligation consultation soon.