What are athletic mouth guards?
Mouth guards, or athletic mouth protectors are made of soft plastic and formed to fit comfortably to the shape of the upper teeth. Why are mouth guards important?
Mouth guards provide protection for not only the teeth but for their lips, cheeks and tongue. In addition, they help protect children from injuries to the head, neck, jaw fractions and concussions. In order to prevent injury to your child, it is important to consider using a mouth guard as priority in sports equipment. When should my child wear a mouth guard?
It is recommended that mouth guards be worn whenever your child is participating in activity with a risk of falls or head contact with other players or equipment. Some sports may include football, baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, and skateboarding. Keep your child protected from sports-related mouth injuries by wearing a mouth guard. How do I choose a mouth guard for my child?
It is important that you choose a mouth guard that fits comfortably for your child. If your child cannot wear the mouth guard comfortably, they are less likely to wear it when participating in physical activities. Some mouth guards may feel bulky or interfere with speech so make sure your child feels comfortable.
There are different options available for mouth guards such as preformed mouth guards available at sports stores. You may want to experiment with different brands and materials to make sure your child is able to wear them comfortably. Customized mouth guards are another option and made specifically for your child’s mouth by your dentist. Depending on the nature of the physical activity or the shape of your child’s mouth, your dentist can recommend which option is best for your child.