2 Apr 2019

Does my kid need a mouthguard?

You bet. No question. Does your child play sports of nearly any kind? Kids should wear mouthguards when playing any type of contact sport (football, hockey, boxing, etc.), non-contact sports (softball, baseball, soccer, etc.), or recreational activity (skateboarding, mountain biking, etc.). We all know that accidents happen anywhere. The mouthguard will protect your child’s soft tissue, tongue and lips and reduce the risk of chipping or breaking teeth during activities.

Getting a mouthguard can pose challenges as well. Many times, off-the-shelf mouthguards won’t leave enough room for braces or are too loose to offer enough protection. Some manufacturers also offer wide or “boil-and-bite” mouthguards, as well. These tend to not provide optimal protection depending on the sport and individual oral structure.

At The Greatest Smile on Earth, we’ll happily create custom devices to protect your children’s mouths, teeth, and braces. The cost of a mouth guard is considerably lower when compared to the costs of repairing dental damage or replacing damaged bridges, crowns or braces.

Once you’ve got the mouthguard, encourage your kids to wear it for games, practice, and scrimmages. Caring for a mouthguard is pretty simple. Rinse it before and after each use, clean it regularly with cool water and soap, and store it in a sturdy container with vents to keep it dry and germ-free.

We will check the mouthguard at your regular checkups. At some point, it will need to be replaced due to wear or changes and growth in your child’s mouth. We are proud to be your partner in keeping your children’s smiles safe and injury free. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Talk to The Greatest Smile on Earth about a mouthguard today.