Mouthguards—Tooth Protection for Active Kids

As a parent, you value the role of helmets, goggles and kneepads in protecting your children during sports and play. These activities can also pose a risk to your child’s teeth, which is why you should consider getting a mouthguard for your active child.

A mouthguard is an easy, reliable way to protect teeth, not only during contact sports such as football, hockey or boxing, where blows to the body and face are regular occurrences; but also during non-contact activities such as gymnastics, skating and biking.

In addition to cushioning your child’s teeth, using a mouthguard can prevent injury to the tongue, lips, face and jaw. Kids who wear dental braces should be especially careful to protect their mouths during physical activity.

A trip to the dentist can help you choose a mouthguard that’s right for your child. In general, there are three types of mouthguards to choose from:

Stock Mouthguards—These pre-made protectors can usually be bought wherever sporting equipment is sold. They provide limited protection and cannot be adjusted to your mouth.

Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards—Softened with hot water and then molded over the teeth, this somewhat custom fit mouthguard provides better protection and greater ease in talking and breathing. Boil-and-bite mouthguards are available at most sporting goods stores.

custommouthguard1Custom Mouthguards—A custom mouthguard, while more expensive than stock or boil-and-bite versions, is designed specifically for your child’s teeth and offers the best fit, comfort and protection. Please ask Dr. Angell if you are interested in fitting your child with a custom mouthguard.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy and Birmingham area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Give our office a call at (248) 362-4330 and be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.

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