Athletic activities are a great way for kids to build camaraderie, have a sense of achievement, and learn self-discipline. While sports host an array of benefits for children, it’s also important to know the potential risks involved to protect your child’s oral health. Sports are one of the leading causes of dental injuries. However, there is a simple, inexpensive way to keep your little leaguer’s teeth safe: athletic mouthguards. Athletic mouthguards act as a barrier between your child’s teeth and jaw and outside forces such as elbows, fast-moving balls, and more. Custom mouthguards fit snugly around your child’s teeth and absorb impact. With a fitted mouthguard, you can rest easy knowing that your kiddo’s smile is protected!
Nightguards for Bruxism
Teeth grinding and clenching, also known as bruxism, can wreak havoc on your little one’s teeth. Grinding can remove the protective coating on teeth, break and crack teeth, strain jaw muscles, cause cavities, and more. Nightguards go on the upper and lower teeth to provide a thick, protective layer between the teeth while your child sleeps. Before sleeping in their nightguard, we recommend that you have your child wear the nightguard for a few hours to get used to how it feels before they go to bed. This will help smooth their transition into wearing a nightguard and keep them from taking it out in the middle of the night.
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FAQs About Mouthguards
Are boil-and-bite mouthguards a good option for protecting my child’s teeth?
While you may be tempted to pick up a boil-and-bite mouthguard from your local sporting goods store, we recommend that you go the professional route. The key to a successful, high-quality mouthguard is the fit. With professional, custom-fitted mouthguards, we utilize impressions of your child’s teeth to make a mouthguard that fits snugly and securely in place. On a time crunch? We understand. Our skilled team can create your child’s mouthguard in a single visit!
How should I clean my mouthguard?
There are a few ways that you can clean your mouthguard. You can soak it in hydrogen peroxide for 10 minutes and then rinse it with cold water, brush the mouthguard with a soft bristle toothbrush, use anti-bacterial soap and water, or purchase a designated mouthguard cleaner from the store.
How long will a mouthguard last before I need to get a new one?
The longevity of mouthguards varies on a case-by-case basis. If your child loses a few baby teeth, gets braces, or has new teeth come in, they may need to be fitted for a new athletic mouthguard. For nightguards, it depends on the severity of the teeth grinding. However, your child’s nightguard should last for years and only need to be adjusted or replaced in the event that their teeth alignment changes.
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