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Protect Your Child’s Teeth With A Custom-Made Mouthguard

May 14, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — midlandkidsdentist @ 2:51 pm
Girl boxing with mouthguard

One of the best things your child can do to stay healthy is to play sports and remain active, even throughout quarantine. Even if it’s just a friendly, family game of football at the park or in the backyard, it’s important to take precautions to prevent injuries. Padding is great for knees and elbows, but you shouldn’t forget about protecting your child’s teeth with a mouthguard. Your emergency dentist in Midland will be happy to custom make a mouthguard to ensure that your child protects their smile while staying active.

Why Is It Important for Kids to Wear Mouthguards?

Mouthguards help cushion direct contact to the face, which minimizes the likelihood of injury to the teeth and other parts of the mouth. If your child is involved in contact sports, they are more likely to encounter physical contact that would cause a dental injury.

According to the American Dental Association, wearing a mouthguard significantly reduces the likelihood of suffering dentofacial injuries.

When Should A Mouthguard Be Worn?

The American Dental Association (ADA) advocates that a properly fitted mouthguard should be worn when participating in contact sports and limited contact sports. Some of these include:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Martial Arts
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer

What Types of Mouthguards Are There?

There are three types of mouthguards that are available. These include:

  • Ready-made: These mouthguards are premade and easy to find in sporting goods stores and pharmacies. However, they don’t provide much protection because they don’t cater to each and every mouth. This option can also restrict breathing and talking. Overall, dentists do not recommend the usage of ready-made mouthguards.
  • Boil and bite: When the thermoplastic material is placed in boiling water, it softens so you can place it in your mouth so it can shape itself around your teeth. Boil and bite mouthguards often offer a better fit than ready-made mouthguards.
  • Custom-made: Your dentist can individually design a mouthguard for optimum fit and comfort. Using an impression of your kid’s teeth, they will mold a mouth protector that is personalized for them. While this is the most expensive option, the customized fit provides the most comfort and protection, especially for contact sports.

Playing sports is a fun way for kids to stay healthy, but dental injuries are miserable for everyone. Talk to your child’s dentist about how to best protect their teeth when they are staying active.

About the Practice

Dr. Weston Jones and Dr. Thomas Youngblood specialize in pediatric dentistry. They currently practice at Midland Kid’s Dentist in Midland, TX. Both are members of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and prioritize a relaxed and enjoyable experience for children of all ages when they visit the office. They would be happy to mold a custom-made mouthguard for your active child. For more information, visit their website or call (432) 520-5437.

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