When it comes to sports (competitive or recreational), safety is of utmost concern — and mouth guards are one of the most important pieces of sports equipment your child needs to stay safe!
In fact, according to the American Dental Association, an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth if they aren’t wearing a mouth guard.
Mouth guards are essential in helping to minimize the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face, or jaw during play.
But with all the options out there – how do you choose which is best for your child? Consider the facts:
- While less expensive, generic boil-and-bite mouth guards can restrict breathing and speech. Additionally, they are difficult to adapt to orthodontic appliances. Custom mouth guards, however, are designed to uniquely fit in an athletes mouth, with no interference with speech or breathing.
- Does your child have braces? A custom fit guard can give them the protection and comfort they need in a mouthpiece.
- Custom guards are designed for optimal oxygen flow while providing the most protection and comfort. This helps an athlete enhance their performance and endurance on the field.
- Stock guards cannot be modified to fit an individual’s mouth and can only stay in place when the mouth is closed. Custom fit guards are made from an impression of the athlete’s mouth taken at a dentist’s office.
While any mouth guard is better than no mouth guard, we encourage you to look into the custom fit option for your athlete. At Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental, we offer our very own Mouth Guard Center for this exact reason. We will fit your child with a mouth guard specific to their mouth, and they can choose their colors to coincide with their school, intramural, or PAL league’s uniform. Contact us at any of our three locations today for more information!
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