Why Custom Mouthguards Are Essential for Your Child’s Safety in Sports
Participating in sports can be an exciting and rewarding experience for children, but it’s crucial to ensure their safety while they’re on the field or in the gym. One essential piece of protective equipment that often gets overlooked is a mouthguard. Here we’ll discuss the importance of mouthguards, when your child needs one, and why for the right patient a customized mouthguard may be superior to store-bought alternatives.
Do Your Kids Need a Mouthguard? Sports Where Protection Matters Most
One of the most common sports-related injuries we see in pediatric patients are a result of accidents that occur when playing or practicing sports.
To minimize the chances of oral injuries such as displaced or broken teeth, soft tissue lacerations or even jaw fractures, we highly recommend using mouthguards in various sports, including:
- Baseball and softball
- Any other sport with potential accidental impacts
What Type of Mouthguard is best for my Child
There are a lot of factors that play a part in this decision such as age, how many baby teeth are left, potential need for braces, even whether or not they have hit their growth spurt. These would be best discussed with your dentist to help make a decision. If they are a candidate for
Why Custom Mouthguards Outshine Store-Bought Options
If your child is a candidate then there is nothing better to protect their smile than a custom mouthguard. With a variety of mouthguards available at sporting goods stores, you might wonder why it’s essential to invest in a custom-fit option. The answer lies in the fit and overall effectiveness of the mouthguard.
The Perfect Fit for Maximum Protection
A loose-fitting, store-bought mouthguard can slide around in your child’s mouth during sports, reducing its effectiveness in protecting against injuries. In contrast, custom mouthguards are designed specifically for your child’s mouth, providing a snug and secure fit that won’t budge during play and allow them to compete at their best without having to deal with their mouthguard affecting their ability to speak.
Comfort Matters: Encouraging Your Child to Wear Their Mouthguard
Whether it is a stock, Boil & Bite or custom mouthguard the only way they work is if they are being worn. The best mouthguard doesn’t work when it’s left in a gym bag. By providing the most comfortable fit possible it can increase the likelihood that they will be worn but reminding your child to wear them is also an important part of the process. Also, if officials are supposed to check this please encourage them to do so.
Invest in Your Child’s Safety with Custom Mouthguards
Choosing a custom mouthguard for your child is a wise investment in their safety and well-being during sports activities. With the perfect fit and superior comfort, you can have peace of mind knowing your child is protected from potential oral injuries. Contact Where Smiles Grow today to explore custom mouthguard options tailored to your child’s unique needs.