As part of our commitment to helping you protect your child’s smile, our dentist and team offer sports mouth guards. We recommend that anyone who participates in a sport use a customized mouth guard to protect their teeth and smile. Sports guards are designed to fit comfortably over your child’s teeth and work to prevent injuries such as chipped or knocked-out teeth, as well as damage to your child’s tongue, lips, cheeks and gums. Additionally, custom mouth guards reduce the likelihood of jaw and neck injuries while playing sports.
Sports mouth guards are often a required piece of gear for high-contact sports such as wrestling, football, hockey, rugby, soccer, martial arts, basketball and boxing. However, mouth guards can be highly beneficial even if your child participates in individual athletic activities such as running or biking. Even if a mouth guard is not required to participate in an athletic activity or sport, we recommend that you consider using one for your child just in case.
You can purchase generic “stock” mouth guards at most local sporting goods stores, but we recommend that you meet with our dentist to receive a customized mouth guard for your child. Customized mouth guards provide better protection and are more comfortable to wear.
For more information about sports mouth guards and to schedule an appointment with our dentist, contact our office today.