Prevention is the best way to avoid dental injuries. The AAPD recommends children wear mouthguards for sports like soccer, football, lacrosse, hockey, baseball, basketball, wrestling and gymnastics. Additionally, parents and caregivers may want to consider mouthguards for leisure activities like biking, rollerblading and skateboarding.
Mouthguards will protect a child's teeth, as well as their lips, cheeks and gums, and may reduce the forces that can cause concussions, neck injuries and jaw fractures.
There are three types of mouthguards:
Preformed plastic tray that fits loosely over the teeth. This mouthguard offers the least amount of protection and can be found at sports stores. This is the low cost option.
Mouth Formed (“Boil and Bite”) Mouthguard:
The most common type. The plastic is softened in hot water and adapted to teeth by finger, tongue and biting pressure. This mouthguard offers a moderate amount of protection and can be found at sport stores. This the moderate cost option.
Your Dr. Michelle takes an impression of your teeth so that the mouthguard is individually designed to fit. Custom-made mouthguards tend to be more comfortable and effective at preventing injuries. This is the more expensive option.