If your child is involved in a contact sport, a customized mouthguard can be made to prevent injuries to the face and teeth. These custom-fit mouth guards are more comfortable than store-bought ones—and the more comfortable they are, the more likely your child will wear one to protect his or her teeth, head, and neck from injury. Just as important, mouth guards have been shown to reduce the risk of concussion.
The American Dental Association estimates that athletes who don’t wear mouth guards are 60 times more likely to suffer dental injury than those who do. The ADA recommends children always wear mouth guards when participating in contact sports such as:
A store bought guard can be a good alternative for kids that are undergoing orthodontic treatment or for those that are in the mixed dentition stage. We will be happy to recommend the best kind of mouth guard for your child given their age and risk factor.
A fun fact to keep in mind is that custom made mouth guards can be made in many colors, or a mix of colors. That way your child can choose a design to match his or her sports team!!!