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Does Your Kid Need a Sports Mouth Guard?

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Does your child play contact sports? If so, it’s important you talk to their pediatric dentist about getting a custom mouth guard. If you have any additional questions about sports mouth guards, don't hesitate to contact us.

Unlike the mouth guards you can buy at the sporting goods store, a custom mouth guard from your child’s pediatric dentist offers a superior level of protection and comfort. Continue reading to learn why many parents choose custom mouth guards to protect their children’s smiles.

Benefits of a Sports Mouth Guard

Protect Teeth and Gums

A sports mouth guard is an oral appliance that fits over upper teeth, protecting your child’s smile from a blow to the face. For example, a football mouth guard prevents a tooth from being knocked out the next time your child is tackled on the field. Make sure your child understands that they’ll need to wear their mouth guard for games and practices.

Even if your child doesn’t play contact sports, you may still want to consider getting a custom mouth guard. Certain sports or activities (like skateboarding) can increase your child’s risk of needing emergency dental care. Fortunately, our dentists are able to create a mouth guard that allows your child to breathe and talk normally.

Prevent Dental Emergencies

The last thing you want to see while sitting on the bleachers is your child getting hurt. Likewise, you don’t want your child’s season cut short by a dental emergency. Fortunately, your child’s pediatric dentist is able to create a custom mouth guard that fits the contours of their teeth and gums. A mouth guard from your child’s pediatric dentist is durable, easy-to-clean, comfortable, and tear-resistant.

Save Money

We always recommend parents get mouth guards if their children participate in contact sports. A custom mouth guard costs significantly less than broken tooth repair and other emergency dental services. A kids mouth guard offers more protection and comfort than what you could find in a sporting goods store, giving you more value.

The standard mouth guards you can find in the store aren’t comfortable, which means your child might not want to wear them at all. Since you can’t watch your child 24/7 to make sure they’re wearing their mouth guard, you’re better off getting a custom mouth guard from their pediatric dentist. Your child is more likely to wear their mouth guard when it fits comfortably.

Schedule Your Child’s Appointment

During your child’s first appointment, we’ll take impressions of their teeth to send to the lab. The lab then uses these dental impressions to create a mouth guard that’s custom fit to your child’s bite. When your child returns for their second appointment, their mouth guard will be ready. Their pediatric dentist may slightly change the fit so it sits comfortably in the mouth.

Our pediatric dentists in Dearborn, Canton, and Livonia want to help your child play their best season with a custom mouth guard. To learn more about getting a sports mouth guard for your child, call Children’s Dental Care today. We look forward to hearing from you and will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.