Sports Guards for Kids
If your child is playing a high impact sport this season, like football, chances are you are currently in the market for a new sports mouth guard. If you aren’t, you should be. Embree Dentistry is here to help you find the best option for you and your child’s needs both functionally and financially. Sports guards have a wide range of benefits, not only protecting your child’s teeth but other parts as well. Be sure to give us a call if you need help finding the right guard for you.
What Is a Sports Guard?There are several different varieties of mouth guards in production. Some are used to enhance jaw alignment; others are used to open airways while you sleep. Some of the most commonly used mouth guards, however, are sports guards or mouth guards that protect your teeth while you are involved in high-impact athletics such as football, rugby, hockey, or lacrosse, among still others. These are an essential part of any game for both adults and children, as they can carry the same risks regardless.
Benefits of a Sports GuardSafety is key. Sports guards are the number one defense when it comes to dental trauma when a person experiences a blow to the face. They cover and protect your teeth by absorbing most of the impact and preventing teeth from clashing and potentially breaking. They prevent both severe issues such as broken or avulsed teeth as well as minor chips and other non-detrimental problems. These guards also protect your cheeks, lips, and tongue from damaging bites and/or cuts. Finally, these guards can help protect your child from a concussion, which can have lifelong consequences if severe enough.
Which Mouth Guard Is Right for My Child?There are different elements that you should be sure to look into before deciding on a mouth guard for your child. There are three different kinds: stock, custom, and boil and bite. Stock guards are pre-formed and not particularly comfortable, maneuverable, adjustable, or effective. We advise against the purchase of stock mouth guards.
Boil and bite guards are a great option because they provide a superior level of adjustability as they are formed exactly to your child’s teeth using an exact impression. They are affordable and effective.
Finally, getting a custom mouth guard made for you in our office is also a great option. It is made of the best dental material and comes from an exact impression of your child’s teeth as well. It is durable and can be made with the traditional single tray to cover the top row of teeth or two trays to cover all of their teeth.
Embree Dentistry would be more than happy to sit with you and to discuss which options will be the most beneficial and long-lasting. Be sure to get your child a mouth guard regardless of which option you choose, as any amount of protection is beneficial. Call today to set up a consultation where we can walk you through the guard-buying process and do an examination of your child’s teeth to ensure they are getting the proper coverage. We will also gladly answer any questions you may have.