8 Reasons Why Your Children Should Be Using Custom-Fit Athletic Mouth Guards

When it comes to playing sports, you protect your children by having them wear the proper safety gear and padding. You get them shin guards, knee pads, and helmets. Shouldn't mouth guards be a part of their protective gear? 

According to the American Dental Association, there are more than 600,000 emergency room visits from sports-related dental injuries each year. A mouth guard not only protects their teeth, but also their cheeks, lips, and tongue. Contact sports that have a high-speed factor can cause severe dental injuries, so why not include a mouth guard as part of the safety gear?

On a positive note, according to the ADA, each year, through the use of mouth guards, over 200,000 of these types of injuries are being prevented. A mouth guard is made of high-quality dental plastic and like a cushion to protect the teeth, jaw, and mouth. A protective mouth guard should be comfortable, tear-resistant, resilient, easy to clean, and durable.

At Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry Dr. Tyler sees dental trauma in kids quite frequently as a result of certain sports. We believe if you start your child wearing a mouth guard while they are young it will become part of their routine whenever they suit up.

The Importance of Mouth Guards in Protecting Children's Mouths While Playing Sports

Sports such as ice hockey, football, lacrosse, and wrestling, all require the use of athletic mouth guards, whether during practice or competition. However, mouth guards are not required in all sports at this time. Although not officially required, a mouth guard is an excellent idea in most sports.

All kids would benefit by wearing a mouth guard! There are several options for mouth guards. Over-the-counter products tend to be ill-fitting, cause discomfort and pain. Additionally, these types of athletic mouth guards only form the general shape of the tooth line.

Let our Certified Prosthodontist Dr. Tyler and his team custom fabricate a mouth guard specifically designed to fit your child's mouth. The guards Dr. Tyler recommend are custom-made from an impression of your child's teeth and gums; additionally, we can design mouth guards that can accommodate children who wear braces.

Custom-made mouth guards are considered the most protective option. Not only are they the most comfortable, but they can prevent damage and discomfort both during wear and during potential impact or accidents.

  1. Additional benefits of custom-made mouth guards are that they don't obstruct breathing or impede speech, and they provide full coverage to the upper teeth.
  2. Mouth guards need to be replaced once they start to wear, become uncomfortable or no longer fit properly. However, children who are still growing will need to have their mouth guards replaced more often to accommodate the changes to their mouths.
  3. Good hygiene in the care of the mouth guard will also prevent infections; they should be well cared for – by gently brushing the mouth guard with toothpaste after each use and storing it in a protective case, the mouth guard will last longer.
  4. Mouth guards are considerably less expensive than dental repairs. Dental repair costs will vary depending on the complexity of the repairs. At Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry, our goal is to preserve our patient's teeth – this is why we offer protective devices like mouth guards.
  5. Mouth guards act as barriers between the teeth, tongue, and cheek lines, especially for children who wear orthodontics like metal braces. They keep the soft tissues of the mouth safe from cuts and bruises caused by the rubbing from metal braces.
  6. They are also designed to protect against injuries to the soft tissue from the teeth's edges. When protected, your child is less likely to bite their tongue, cheek, or split their lip during an impact.
  7. Everyone's mouth is different – this is one of the best reasons you have your child fitted for a customized mouth guard. Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry's mission in caring for your child's dental health involves more than just reminding them to brush their teeth and to floss regularly.  

Studies show that people who don't wear mouth guards are 60x more likely to damage their teeth, oftentimes causing permanent damage to oral structures which then require dental/medical intervention.

Remember: Damaged teeth do not grow back. Protect your children's perfect smiles!  If mouth guards offer a simple and relatively inexpensive way to help dramatically, always insist that your child wear a mouth guard. Have your children use mouth guards and decrease the risk of oral injuries.

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Call Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry today for an appointment with Dr. Tyler to discuss the use of mouth guards or any other concerns you may have regarding your children's dental and oral health.