What type of mouth guard should I use?
Mouth guards, also known as sports guards or athletic mouth protectors, are crucial pieces of equipment for any child participating in any potentially injurious recreational or sporting activity. Fitting snugly over the upper teeth, mouth guards protect the entire oral region from traumatic injury, preserving both the aesthetic appearance and the health of the smile.
Generally, mouth guards cover your upper teeth only, but in some instances (such as if you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw), your dentist will make a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. Your dentist can suggest the best mouth guard for you. An effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tears, be durable and easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech. Mouth guards help to protect your pearly whites in the following ways:
- Mouth guards protect against teeth being knocked out
- Mouth guards protect against soft tissue injuries
- Mouth guards protect against tooth displacement
- Mouth guards protect against tooth fractures
There are three types of mouth guards:
1. Stock mouth protectors
- Can be conveniently purchased from sporting goods store or a pharmacy
- Inexpensive ($5-$10)
- Easy to fit
2. Boil and bite mouth protectors
- Can be conveniently purchased from sporting goods store
- Easy to fit
- Relatively inexpensive ($15-$40)
3. Custom-fitted mouth protectors
- Individualized fit provides better protection
- Ability to talk and breathe
- Thin and comfortable - players are more likely to wear it
- Custom color options
When it comes to tooth protection, there are multiple types of mouth guards out there varying in price, protection, and comfort. If you decide to invest in a mouth guard, you'll definitely want one that will do the job well.
If you have questions or concerns about choosing a mouth guard for your child, please contact our dental office.