Fall sports season is now in full swing. You want to make sure your kids are fully protected from unnecessary harm while playing sports, so why not invest in a mouth guard? A mouth guard will do just that, protecting your child’s teeth so that they can carry on smiling, talking, eating, and just being kids.
Does My Child Need a Mouth Guard?
Mouth guards, also known as mouth protectors, help cushion any blows to the face your child may experience while playing contact sports. Despite the name, they not only protect the mouth, but also prevent broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face, and jaw. The top row of teeth tend to take the brunt of the impact because they stick out more.
We recommend your child get a custom mouth guard. Custom mouth guards are individually made for comfort and are more protective than the mouth guards you purchase at the store. A mouth guard is an essential part of athletic gear that should be a standard part of your child’s equipment if they play organized sports such as football, lacrosse, ice/field hockey, wrestling, soccer, or other recreational activities. While some sports are higher-risk than others for injuries to the mouth area, athletes of any sport may be affected by dental injuries, such as gymnastics or baseball.
Mouth Guard Care and Replacement
You’ll know when it is the right time to replace your child’s mouth guard if it shows signs of wear and tear, is broken, or ill fitting. Children and teens may need to get new mouth guards more often since their mouths are still growing and changing. If you think your child is in need of a replacement, schedule an appointment with us and we can inspect the mouth guard and make a new one if needed.
As for caring for your mouth guard, you want to keep it clean and dry between each use. Below are some tips to help you make sure your child’s mouth guard is always ready to go:
- Rinse before and after using or brush with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Clean the mouth guard in cool, soapy water. Rinse it thoroughly afterwards.
- Bring your mouth guard with you during your regular dental checkups so we can evaluate it.
- Store your mouth guard in a sturdy container with vents. The vents allow your mouth guard to dry and prevent bacteria from growing.
- Don’t leave your mouth guard in the sun or in hot water, as this can cause the mouth guard to expand.
- Regularly check the fit of the mouth guard and examine it for signs of damage.
- Put your mouth guard somewhere your pet can’t get to it, as they may chew on the mouth guard or the case.
If you or your child takes part in any contact sports, we highly recommend getting a custom mouth guard from Breckenridge Dental Care. Mouth guards can help minimize the forces on your jaw and help protect your teeth. Give us a call today at 502.451.5222 or contact us here to set up an appointment.