If your child participates in contact sports or other activities that put them at an increased risk of mouth injury, then you want to make sure you protect their teeth by having them wear a mouth guard. Mouth guards can protect them in many ways. Learn about choosing the best mouth guard for your child's needs and find out the different ways they can protect them in this article.
Choosing the right mouth guard for your child's needs
Stock mouth guards
A stock mouth guard is a very basic one that is already shaped. They don't tend to fit very well due to the fact that they work on a one-size-fits-all premise. When your child wears these mouth guards, they will have to bite down on them in order to keep them in place. Since they aren't designed specifically for their mouth, they are known for only offering a limited amount of protection.
Formed-to-fit mouth guards
These mouth guards can often be purchased at the local sporting goods store and they are easy to form to your child's mouth. With this type of mouth guard, you will get it hot with hot water, have your child bite down on it, and allow it to form to their mouth. This is a good mouth guard for contact sports where they can expect a limited amount of impact.
Custom mouth guards
A custom mouth guard is one you will get directly from your child's dentist. They are specifically made to fit their mouth, and made from high-quality materials, so you know they are getting the best protection possible. If they are involved in high-impact sports, such as hockey, boxing or football, then this type will be the best choice.
Learn how mouth guards can protect your child
The most obvious way that a mouth guard will protect your child is to help prevent dental injuries, such as chipped, fractured or broken teeth. It will also help to prevent their teeth from causing damage to their mouth by cutting it in the case of impact occurring.
A mouth guard also helps to prevent them from sustaining other types of injuries, such as getting knocked unconscious, suffering a cerebral hemorrhage, neck injuries and jaw injuries. It does this by keeping their jaw supported and allowing it to take an impact without their upper and lower jaws slamming into each other.
Now that you have a better understanding of what mouth guards offer, you'll know the importance of making sure your child has a good one. Talk to your pediatric dentist to learn more.