Mouthguard Information for Parents with Active Kids

Dr. Shiva Basir advises parents whose children engage in sports and other recreational activities to ensure they wear mouth guards. The equipment helps to protect the child against dental injuries. Knowing which mouthguard is right for your child is important. Here is more information on the three types available and why they are so important.

Reasons for kids to  use mouthguards

Mouthguards, or mouth protectors, are crucial in cushioning teeth, lips, tongue, and jaws from injury. They typically cover the upper teeth, they protect against soft tissue injuries during high-risk sports and activities. Studies have revealed that athletes are more likely to suffer dental injuries when they do not wear mouth guards. Every Upper East Side Kids dentist will advise parents with children participating in boxing, skating, gymnastics, and other rigorous activities to ensure they wear the gear from an early age.

Choosing the right mouthguard

There are three types of mouthguards: custom-fitted, boil-and-bite, and stock. Custom-fitted mouthguards are specially made for a specific patient. They are the most expensive option but they provide the best protection and fit properly. A dentist takes an impression of the child’s mouth and the is created to fit perfectly. Stock mouth guards, on the other hand, are ready-to-wear and cheaper but can make it difficult to talk or breathe. These rarely fit well since they are packaged to grab and use. Boil and bite mouth protectors are softened in boiling water and then the child bites them. This makes them take the shape of their mouths. They are less expensive than custom-fitted and offer more protection than stock ones. They are readily available in sports stores.

For the best protection, you should consider going for custom-made mouthguards that fit perfectly. Take your child to an experienced New York dentist for more guidance and advice.