Active kids call for active safety! And while helmets, goggles and kneepads protect your head and body, it’s also important to protect your teeth. A mouthguard is an easy, reliable way to safeguard your teeth during sports and play.
Using a mouthguard can prevent injury to your tongue, lips, face and jaw. Guys who wear braces should be particularly careful to protect their mouths.
Mouthguards are especially crucial during contact sports such as football, hockey or boxing, where blows to the body and face are regular occurrences. But even non-contact sports, such as gymnastics, skating or biking – pose a risk to your teeth.
A quick trip to your dentist can help you choose a mouthguard that’s right for your mouth. There are three basic types:
Stock Mouthguards. Can usually be bought wherever sporting equipment is sold. Most dentists do not recommend them because they cannot be adjusted to your mouth and provide only limited protection.
Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards. Boil-and-Bite guards are softened with hot water and then molded over your child’s teeth. This somewhat-custom fit leads to better protection and greater ease in talking and breathing. These are also available at most sporting goods stores.
Custom Mouthguards. Your dentist can create a custom mouthguard designed specifically for your child’s teeth. These offer the best fit, comfort and protection, but might be more costly than store-bought varieties.