As children age and become more involved in sports, mouth guards become important to protect their permanent teeth from accidental injury. Burg Children’s Dentistry recommends the use of a mouth guard for all adolescents while playing sports or taking part in any activity that may cause injury to the mouth.
What are mouth guards?
Mouth guards are athletic mouth protectors made of soft plastic. They come in various sizes and can be custom molded to fit the upper teeth.
Why are mouth guards important?
Mouth guards effectively protect the teeth, lips, cheeks, tongue, and jaw bone from possible sports injuries. They can also aid in protecting an individual from head and neck injuries, such as concussions.
When should my child wear a mouth guard?
Mouth guards should be worn to protect the mouth during various sports based activities where there is a risk of mouth, head, or face injury. Such activities include: soccer, karate, boxing, basketball, football, hockey, baseball, skating, skateboarding, wrestling, tennis, biking, racquetball, motor sports, and other activities.
What should I keep in mind when selecting a mouth guard for my child?
There are various options in mouth guards. Many different mouth guards can be found in athletic or big box retail stores such as Wal-Mart. Customized mouth guards are available through Burg Children’s Dentistry. Mouth guards vary in protection level, comfort, and cost. Generally, the level of protection that a mouth guard offers varies with the price of the device. Be sure to choose a mouth guard that feels comfortable. A properly fitting mouth guard should not feel bulky or interfere with speech to a great degree.