If your child plays any kind of contact sport like football, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, volleyball, or basketball, we highly recommend that they get a custom-made mouth guard from Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry.
With a custom-made mouth guard, your child can get the best protection, feel safe on the field or on the court, and avoid potentially serious oral injuries. Let’s get into details, discuss the basics of athletic mouth guards, and go over the reasons you should get a custom athletic mouth guard for your child.
Firstly and most importantly, mouth guards help reduce the risk of serious oral injuries like chipped, cracked, loose, or even knocked-out teeth, as well as cuts to the tongue, cheeks, lips, and other oral tissues. In fact, a study examined by the American Dental Association (ADA) showed that an athletic mouth guard reduces the risk of dental injuries by between 83% and 92%.
When your child is wearing a mouthguard and they're struck in the face or take a hard hit, the impact is spread across the mouthguard and across multiple teeth, as well as the gums. Their mouth guard also protects their upper and lower teeth from contacting each other.
For most sports, a mouth guard that protects the upper teeth is recommended. But in some sports like combat sports or wrestling, your child may need a mouth guard for both their upper and lower teeth.
Concussions are a serious concern in all contact sports, like football, lacrosse, and soccer. While the evidence is not yet conclusive, some studies have shown that wearing a mouth guard may help reduce the risk and severity of concussion. For example, one British study on ice hockey players showed that a mouth guard reduces the risk of concussion by up to 69%.
This suggests that, along with other protective gear and safe play practices, wearing an athletic mouth guard can help reduce the risks of concussion in kids and teens of all ages who play contact sports.
There are lots of over-the-counter “boil and bite” mouth guards for athletes, which you can buy at most drug stores. As the name suggests, these mouth guards are made of a soft, protective material. You heat them up in water, and then your child bites down on them, leaving a custom impression of their teeth. Boil and bite mouth guards are definitely better than wearing no protection at all.
But a custom-made mouth guard from a dentist provides the best dental protection. Custom-made mouth guards fit better, are less bulky, and can use stronger and more durable materials compared to boil and bite mouth guards. This is especially true if your child has braces. Custom-fitted mouth guards provide superior protection and comfort, and can be fitted over their braces without any problems.
If your child plays a contact sport or even has a hobby like skateboarding or mountain biking, a custom mouth guard from Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is the best way to protect their teeth and reduce the risk of oral injuries.
So don’t wait. Our team of pediatric dentists can create a custom-fitted athletic mouth guard for your child in Yardley, Bensalem, Warrington, or Glenside. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, and get your little one the protection they need.