Mouthguards, or sports guards, are an important piece of protective gear for children used for a variety of reasons. They are most commonly used to protect a child's teeth from potential injury when playing sports or other recreational activities, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) advocates their usage. Children sometimes wear mouthguards to keep from grinding their teeth at night.
While the primary function of a mouth guard is to protect your child's teeth, mouthguards can also cushion the force of an impact that could affect the central nervous system.
Other injuries that a mouthguard can prevent include:
- Tooth fractures
- Cheek, lip, and/or tongue lacerations
- Gum and soft tissue injuries
- Jawbone fractures
Mouthguards Keep Your Favorite Athlete in the Game
An important consideration when choosing what type of mouthguard is best suited for your child is the degree of protection that is required. Generally speaking, mouthguards fall into three categories: stock, boil-and-bite, and customized.
#1 Stock Mouthguards
Stock mouthguards can be bought off-the-shelf, and they come in a universal one-size-fits-all shape. Usually, stock mouthguards are the least protective and least comfortable type of mouthguard.
#2 Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards
Boil-and-bite mouthguards are commonly found in sporting goods stores and conform around the teeth after the material is heated. Once your child bites into the heated plastic, the mouthguard forms around their teeth. These mouthguards offer a bit more protection than stock mouthguards, and they are generally more comfortable in their fit as well.
#3 Custom-Made Mouthguards
Customized mouthguards are the best way to protect your child's teeth and gums from an injury or wear associated with bruxism. For the most protection available, you can consider a customized mouthguard created at our children's dental offices in Highlands Ranch and Castle Pines. Our custom-made mouthguards are specially crafted by Dr. Jon and our team using a mold of the child's unique, individual bite.
Our custom mouthguards are:
- Easy to clean
- Made from safe materials
- Help athletes easily breathe and talk
- Used to prevent sports injuries
- Used to reduce symptoms of bruxism
Customized mouthguards can be more expensive than stock or boil-and-bite guards, but they are more comfortable; therefore, they stay in the mouth better.
Show Off Your Team Spirit
A great way to make your child's mouthguard unique is to customize it with the child's favorite sports team's colors or their school colors. Children will be more willing and excited to make sure they represent their team by wearing a mouthguard in a fresh and fun style. Their new mouthguards will keep them in the game, protect their smile, and give them a chance to show off their team spirit!
Custom Mouthguards in Highlands Ranch and Castle Pines
If your child grinds their teeth or plays sports, perhaps it's time to get them a custom mouthguard from Sierk Children's Dentistry. Our mouthguards are made with kids' mouths in mind, and are comfortable, durable, and affordable. Call us today for more information about custom mouthguards in Castle Pines and Highlands Ranch, CO.