It’s summertime and that means the kids are out of school and many are enjoying their days engaging in their favorite summer sports. Most of the time children are active without any problem, but they can often make poor decisions because they don’t know any better. They can also have trouble evaluating risk correctly, which means they can get injured while playing those summer sports.
That’s why athletic mouthguards are a necessity. Without them, your children can get chipped broken, or knocked-out teeth from:
- Getting hit in the face by a foul ball or stray puck;
- Taking a fall from a bike;
- Tripping hard on the court;
- Getting tackled or checked hard;
- Slamming face-first into another kid on the field.
Types of Mouthguards and How They Stack Up Against Each Other:
Ready-Made Mouthguards: Ready-made mouthguards are typically very inexpensive and can be purchased at any sporting goods store. But chances are high that you will lose or misplace this type of mouthguard, because, as with any one-size-fits-all item, “fits” is a relative term.
Mouth-Formed (Boil and Bite) Mouthguards: These are fitted to your teeth by placing the mouthguard in very hot water and then biting into it firmly. The chances of this type of mouthguard falling out when you are running or active is less than a ready-made one, but they are bulky and can be hard to breathe around or speak while wearing. This means you are constantly taking it out of your mouth, and you’re more likely to lose it.
Custom Dentist Fitted Mouthguards: Custom-fitted mouthguards are the best option when it comes to protection against trauma and concussion. In fact, a study confirmed that custom-fitted mouthguards can reduce the chances of concussion by more than 50%. Custom-fitted mouthguards are exactly that – made to not only fit snugly over your teeth, but also into your mouth.
For kids, sports injuries account for almost 40% of dental trauma, so no matter what kind of mouthguard you choose, please choose one, and have your child wear it every time they engage in activities. The trauma from a sports injury can damage not only teeth, but the sensitive tissue inside the mouth.
If your child is active in sports – don’t take any chances – call our office today to schedule an appointment to get him or her fitted with a mouthguard to protect those precious teeth!