Custom Athletic Mouthguards for Kids
Does your child play sports? If so, then you already know that certain pieces of equipment—like a helmet, knee pads, or shin guards—are absolutely essential. But what about athletic mouthguards?
For contact sports like football, hockey, or wrestling, a mouthguard is as essential as any other piece of equipment. Using a mouthguard, young athletes can ensure that their teeth, lips, tongue, face, and jaw are protected. But your child doesn’t have to play a contact sport to benefit from wearing an athletic mouthguard. In research conducted by the ADA, other kinds of athletes—like bicyclists, weightlifters, gymnasts, and others—can benefit as well. After all, any athlete can be injured, even one that never comes into contact with another player.
Some have estimated that 13-39% of all dental injuries have some connection to sports. Beyond that, 40% of sports injuries involve the face. Combined, all of this makes an athletic mouthguard an essential piece of equipment.
What Is an Athletic Mouthguard?
An athletic mouthguard is a special mouthpiece that protects teeth by physically shielding them from harm. They can do more than just protect teeth, though. Research has indicated that athletic mouthguards can also reduce the severity of concussions. But not every mouthguard is created equal. There are different types, and some can be more comfortable and more effective than others.
Types of Mouthguards
In all, there are three different kinds of athletic mouthguards: ready-made, mouth-formed, and custom.
Mouth-formed athletic mouthguards are more effective than store bought versions because they can provide a more personalized fit. Many mouth-formed mouthguards are made from acrylic and can be softened in boiling water so that they conform to the patient’s bite. Mouth-formed mouthguards can be still bulky, though, and can lose their flexibility with time, making them uncomfortable or difficult to deal with.
Finally, there’s the third option—a personalized athletic mouthguard. At Kidtastic, our pediatric dentists are creating comfortable mouthguards that let your child concentrate on playing instead of worrying about speaking or breathing while wearing a bulky mouthguard.
Helping your child get set up with a custom-made athletic mouthguard starts with us taking an impression of his or her bite. Then, our lab will use the results to make a completely customized athletic piece. When it’s finished, your son or daughter can get back on the field, the court, or the ice with a mouth pieces that’s more comfortable and provides effective protection.
Are you interested in having a special athletic mouthguard made for your son or daughter? Call Kidtastic today to reserve an appointment for your child.