It's critical to shield your child's smile when they participate in sports. Athletes frequently sustain injuries to their jaws and mouths as a result of sports.

Mouthguards aid in preventing damage to teeth and gums. The American Dental Association advises wearing a mouthguard if your child plays 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.

Types of Mouthguards

Selecting the appropriate mouthguard is crucial. The "boil-and-bite" fitted mouthguard, the pre-made mouthguard, and the custom-made mouthguard are the three main varieties of mouthguards. Make sure the mouthguard you choose for your child is comfortable, well-fitting, tear-resistant, easy to clean, and does not interfere with breathing. It is essential that they use a mouthguard if they have braces or a retainer. Your child's dentist can instruct them on how to select the best mouthguard and how to use one correctly.

Taking Care of Your Child’s Mouthguard

Just as with braces, retainers, or any other type of dental device, it's critical to maintain your child's mouthguard by cleaning and storing it correctly. Here are a few easy tips to maintain the cleanliness and proper operation of your child's mouthguard:

  • After every usage, use a toothbrush and toothpaste to gently clean the mouthguard.
  • Keep the mouthguard safe in its case.
  • The mouthguard may melt or become distorted if left in the sun or in hot water.
  • Every time a new sports season begins, replace the mouthguard. Additionally, if you see that your child's mouthguard has worn out and is no longer a good fit, you should replace it.
  • Never wear a mouthguard and retainer together. Your dentist will work with you to create a mouthguard to shield your child's braces and teeth if they wear them.
  • Never cut or chew on bits of your mouthguard.
  • Bring the mouthguard along to your child's dental appointment so the dentist can make sure it's still in good working order!

Our mission is to reduce the likelihood that your child will have a sports-related dental injury. During your child's next dental examination, make sure to inquire about mouthguards with your dentist.

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