Benefits of A Custom Sports Mouth Guard
A kid’s mouth guard is an essential piece of protective equipment, just like a helmet. When worn starting at a young age, the custom sports mouth guard becomes part of a normal routine in getting ready for practice, a game, or big competition.
A kid’s mouth guard acts to:
- Cushion any blows to the face.
- Protect the lips, tongue, and soft tissues of the mouth.
- Prevent chipped or broken teeth.
- Defend against nerve damage and even loss of a tooth/teeth.
- Decrease concussion severity by absorbing shock and redistributing forces.
- Prevent damage to braces.
Furthermore, a custom sports mouth guard is a very affordable preventative measure. This is especially true when compared to expensive dental injury repairs that can occur when not wearing a kid’s mouth guard.
Can My Child Wear a Mouth Guard with Braces?
Yes – it is particularly important to wear a custom sports mouth guard with braces to prevent any damage to orthodontic brackets. Your kid’s mouth guard will also act as a barrier between braces and the cheeks or lips. This helps to reduce the pain of a hit to the mouth and lowers the risk of gum injury. When your child gets braces, our pediatric dentist can ensure that their mouth guard is properly fitted for maximum protection of their mouth, teeth, and braces. If your child has previously just worn an upper mouth guard, our dentist may recommend also getting a mouth guard for their lower teeth.
Why Is a Custom Sports Mouth Guard Better?
It may be tempting to order a kid’s mouth guard online or buy one are your local pharmacy or big box store. However, it’s important to stop and think twice about this decision. Yes, these devices are better than your child wearing nothing at all. They do not, however, offer the level of protection your child’s teeth and mouth deserve.
When our Keswick dentist makes a custom sports mouth guard for your child it is an exact replica of the inside of your child’s mouth. This means that it stays in place without your child having to clench their teeth. It fits the exact shape and size of your child’s mouth and jaw. Over-the-counter mouth guards require you to clench your jaw and clamp your teeth in order for the guard to stay in place.
A dentist made mouth guard will also be the most comfortable option for your child (which means the most likely to be worn). This is because it is made to fit with precision. The custom fit also means it will not inhibit your child’s breathing or affect their speech. A custom sports mouth guard for your child or youth will also be more resistant to tears and breakage, and they are easy to clean.
We offer a variety of fun colors and designs for your child to choose from. This will allow your child to pick something they are most likely to wear. It will also make it stand out from other kid’s mouth guards worn by their teammates.
As well, a custom sports mouth guard for your child may be covered under your dental insurance policy, making it even more affordable than you first thought.
What to Expect When Getting a Custom Mouth Guard Made
In just two visits your child can be wearing their custom-made mouth guard! Each appointment is quick (less than 20 minutes) and painless.
At the first appointment, our pediatric dentist will take an impression of your child’s teeth and mouth, which is then used to create the custom sports mouth guard. The impression ensures a perfect fit.
At the second appointment, our pediatric dentists will present the mouth guard and check how it fits in your child’s mouth. During this time our staff with also help you and your child (or teenager) understand how to properly clean and store their mouth guard.
When your child or teenager comes in for regular dental services and cleanings, it is requested that they bring their mouth guard so that we can continue to monitor it for proper fit. This is especially important for young growing children.
Mouth Guards – Not Just Protection for Sports!
In some cases, a dentist may recommend your child get a custom made mouth guard for sleeping to prevent them from grinding their teeth. If your child is young and still has baby teeth, protection from grinding is important. We need to ensure the baby teeth stay in place until they are ready to fall out and adult teeth are ready to come in. If your child or youth has adult teeth, it is even more important to protect these permanent teeth that need to stay in place and healthy for the rest of their life.
Visit this Ontario Dental Association article on Sports and Activities to learn more about wearing mouth guards for sports and activities.