If your kids play sports, it’s essential to protect their smiles with mouthguards. If your kid enjoys basketball, hockey, football, gymnastics, skiing, rugby, martial arts, soccer, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, wrestling, etc., it’s recommended to protect teeth and gums from injury. Wearing a mouthguard is especially important for kids with braces and retainers. The American Dental Association recommends kids wear mouthguards to be protected against sports-related injuries of the mouth and jaw.
There are three different types of mouthguards available: a pre-made mouthguard, a boil-and-bite fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard. While choosing the best fit for your kid, it’s vital to choose the one that is tear-resistant and well-fitted to the kid’s mouth. Before installing the mouthguard, your dentist will show you how to install it properly and how to take the right care of it.
Similar to wearing braces or other special dental appliances, it’s important to take proper care of your kid’s mouthguard. Take care of cleaning it properly and storing it safely.
- Use a toothbrush and a toothpaste to gently scrub the mouthguard after each use.
- Use a protective case for the mouthguard’s storage.
- Don’t leave the mouthguard in hot water or in the sun. It can melt.
- At the beginning of every new sports season, replace the mouthguard with a new one. If your kid feels uncomfortable wearing the mouthguard, take care of replacing it as well.
At My Tooth Fairy’s, we will keep your kid’s smile nice and healthy. Do you need a professional consultation or need urgent help? Contact us to book an appointment and we’ll gladly provide you with the needed help.