Protecting your child’s smile while he or she plays sports is essential. Sports-related injuries to the mouth and jaw are among the most common injuries suffered by athletes.
Mouthguards help prevent broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. A properly fitted mouthguard will stay in place while your child is wearing it, making it easy for them to talk and breathe.
Choosing the right mouthguard is important. There are three basic types: the pre-made mouthguard, the “boil and bite” fitted mouthguard, and a mouthguard custom made by Dr. Loiben.
When choosing a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable and well fitted to your child’s mouth, easy to keep clean, and does not prevent him or her from breathing properly. If your athlete wears braces or a retainer, wearing a mouthguard is imperative.
Taking Care of Your Child’s Mouthguard:
Similar to a retainer, braces or any special dental appliance, it is important to take care of your child’s mouthguard by storing it properly and keeping it clean. Here are a few simple ways to keep your child’s mouthguard clean and working correctly:
Whether you choose a store-bought mouthguard or have Dr. Ted make one that is custom fit, it is our goal to help minimize your child’s chances of a sports-related injury and to protect his or her smile!