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When Should I Replace My Child’s Mouth Guard?

Livonia, MI Mouth Guard Pediatric Dentists

Does your child play a contact sport? If so, our pediatric dentists will recommend they wear a sports mouth guard to prevent injury. For example, a football mouth guard reduces your child’s risk of needing chipped tooth repair the next time they’re tackled on the field. While custom mouth guards offer a superior level of protection to those sold in sporting goods stores, they aren’t invincible. When your child’s mouth guard wears out, you’ll need to replace it with a new one. Continue reading to learn when you should replace your child’s sports mouth guard. For more information, call us to schedule an appointment with one of our pediatric dentists.

Replacing Your Child's Mouth Guard

Season Ended

Has the season ended? If so, it’s time for your child to get fitted for a new custom mouth guard. Over time, your child’s mouth guard will get thinner until it’s no longer able to protect their teeth the way it did when new. Many studies have shown that mouth guards lose their effectiveness once this happens. Your child needs enough protective material to absorb impact. Otherwise, they risk needing emergency dental care the next time they play.

Mouth Guard is Damaged

Make sure your child knows not to chew their sports mouth guard. Over time, this bad habit will damage the sports mouth guard until it’s frayed or deformed. Another bad habit we see young athletes doing is wedging their football mouth guards into face masks. When your child does this, the mouth guard loses its shape and effectiveness. You’ll be able to save money in the long run if you don’t have to replace mouth guards as often.

Bite Changed

Whether your child is in the middle of orthodontic treatment or recently had a tooth extracted, they’ll need a new mouth guard as soon as their bite changes. The whole point of a custom mouth guard is that it’s shaped perfectly to the contours of teeth for the ultimate protection. Call one of our offices if your child’s bite changed recently, especially if the mouth guard fits too tight or loose.

Jaw Has Grown

If your child is still growing, they’ll need a new custom mouth guard every 6 months. The last thing you want is for their sports mouth guard to hold back their jaw while it’s trying to grow. Our pediatric dentists recommend parents take their children in every 6 months for a new mouth guard. Your child will also need a new mouth guard at the end of the sports season.

During orthodontic treatment, the jaw is often encouraged to grow to eliminate an underbite or overbite. If this is the case for your child, they’ll need a new mouth guard to accommodate the new bite.

Even if your child doesn’t play a contact sport, our dentists may still recommend a mouth guard if there’s risk of injury. For example, ice skating carries a risk of injury despite not being a contact sport. If your child plays multiple sports, we may ask you to wait until their routine checkup before making the custom mouth guard.

Our sports mouth guard dentists are accepting new patients! They can help you find the best mouth guard for your child’s smile and the sport they play. Call Children’s Dental Care today to request an appointment!