The Right Fit Can Help Save Your Child’s Smile
- June 16, 2016
Summer is a wonderful time of year. The sun is out longer, so we can spend more time outdoors. It’s a great reason to get together with family and friends.
It’s a more relaxed time, too, but schools will be back in session before you know it.
So will the fall sports season.
If someone in your family is an athlete who participates in high-impact sports, now is a great time to visit Robert I. Hlavac, D.D.S. to get a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard. This way, you will know that his or her mouth is protected on the first day of practice.
Play It Safe
Preventive care is important to any dental practice.
It’s why we encourage all our patients to brush and floss daily and to visit us a couple times every year for professional cleanings and examinations. If we can keep you from having tooth decay or gum disease or treat it early, then your mouth will be healthier.
Athletic mouthguards have a preventive purpose as well, although it is a little different than the kind you get from brushing and flossing.
Think of mouthguards more like a seatbelt in your automobile or a helmet if you ride a motorcycle. You may not be able to avoid an accident, but that seat belt or helmet may be the difference between a minor injury or a major one.
The mouthguard serves a similar function by providing protection for your son or daughter’s teeth and jaw. In fast-moving sports, collisions, falls, and accidents are all bound to happen. A custom-fitted mouthguard is the best protection we can offer to reduce your child’s risk of a serious injury.
Why Should You Get A Custom-Fitted Mouthguard?
Quite simply, custom-made athletic mouthguards are the most effective kind of mouthguard, according to the American Dental Association.
We want to be clear. Any mouthguard is better than no mouthguard at all, but custom-fitted mouthguards have some advantages over the other options.
Stock mouthguards come in different sizes, but that does not mean any of them will fit well in your son or daughter’s mouth.
Boil-and-bite mouthguards are a step up since they provide a way to make a mouthguard that can be formed to a degree. Many of these kinds of mouthguards are bulky, which can make them uncomfortable, or may affect breathing.
A custom-fitted mouthguard is made specifically for your child. This allows us to make a mouthguard that is more compact, which make it more comfortable to wear and less likely to interfere with breathing.
Who Should Wear A Custom Fitted Mouthguard?
Anyone who is playing or practicing a high-impact sport or activity.
Football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, and cheerleading come to mind as just a few examples.
Some of these sports involve more contact than others, but that is not the only way for something to be a high-impact sport or activity. Volleyball and cheerleading involve a lot of jumping and landing and frequent changes of direction.
All of these impact the athlete’s joints, but our bodies do not function in isolation. If you’ve ever landed too hard, then you know it can make your jaw slam closed as well. That isn’t good for your teeth.
Skateboarding can involve a lot of high-impact moves as well, which is why mouthguards are good for the skaters in your family as well.
And mouthguards aren’t just for kids. You may not be Kobe Bryant or Stephen Curry, but you can still get elbowed in the jaw (hopefully by accident) or trip and fall playing in a pickup game or a recreational league.
Are Custom-Fitted Mouthguards More Expensive?
Compared to lower quality mouthguards, yes, they are, but that shouldn’t be your only consideration.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry found that around one-third of children’s oral and facial injuries occurred while playing sports. This was based on 10 years worth of data.
A custom-fitted mouthguard makes it less likely that a blow to the face with sporting equipment, contact with another athlete, or a fall will cause a serious — and expensive — dental problem.
We can’t promise that any mouthguard will stop your child from getting injured, but they do reduce the risk of serious oral injury while he or she is on the field or the court.
Your Family Deserves The Best
You want your family to be healthy, and this includes their oral health. A custom-fitted athletic mouthguard will help with that goal.