Mouthguards for Kids
Whether you wear braces or not, protecting your smile while playing sports is essential. Injuries to the mouth and jaw are among the most common injuries suffered by athletes. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums.
If you participate in basketball, boxing, hockey, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, track and field, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding, skydiving, soccer, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, or wrestling, the American Dental Association recommends you wear a mouthguard. Learn more about mouthguards for sports.
Types of Mouthguards
Choosing the right mouthguard is important. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the "boil-and-bite" fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard. When you choose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, well fitted for your mouth and easy to keep clean. Please consult with the team at Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry to assist you on choosing the right type of mouthguard. If a custom fabricated mouthguard is indicated, they can be made right here at our office.
Taking Care of Your Mouthguard
Similar to a retainer, braces, or any other special dental appliance, it is important to take care of your mouthguard by storing it properly and keeping it clean. You should also know when to replace your old mouthguard with a new one.
Here are a few simple ways to keep your mouthguard clean and working correctly: