What type of mouthguard should your child use?
As many children play a wide range of sports these days, there are many kinds of mouthguards available in local sports and drug stores. However, these mouthguards can be classified into three basic types:
- the ready-made mouthguard
- the “boil and bite” mouthguard
- the custom mouthguard made by a dentist
All three types of mouthguards provide protection depending on its type. Most of the time, a mouthguard protects only the top teeth. A custom-fitted mouthguard from Tooth Fairy can be made specifically for your child based depending on what sport you child plays. The most efficient mouthguard should fit properly, be easy to clean and long-lasting. Your child should be able to speak, breathe and feel comfortable.
The dentists and staff at Tooth Fairy recommend that mouthguards be used by your child if there’s a risk of injury to teeth, cheeks, gum tissue or tongue. The International Academy for Sports Dentistry and the American Dental Association have put together this list of sports where a properly fitted mouthguard would be beneficial.
- Track and Field Events
- Gymnastics and Acrobatics
- Field Hockey
- Ice Hockey and Skating