What are Mouth Guards?
A mouth guard is specifically designed to help protect your child’s smile. For close-contact activities, like sports, a mouth guard helps to prevent injury and damage to your child’s teeth. When a child begins to participate in recreational activities and organized sports, injuries can occur. A properly fitted mouth guard, or mouth protector, is an important piece of athletic gear that can help protect your child’s smile, and should be used during any activity that could result in a blow to the face or mouth.
Why would Mouth Guards be needed?
You might consider a mouth guard if your child plays close contact sports. For these types of sports, there is a higher chance of injury to the mouth and face than other types of recreational activities. If your child grinds their teeth at night, they will benefit from wearing a mouth guard that is made to wear throughout the night. Both mouth guards provide cushion between and in front of your child’s teeth to prevent damage to their smile.
What makes your child a candidate for a Mouth Guard?
To determine if your child may need a mouth guard, we can perform an examination and ask about different activities that they may participate while out of the dental office. If your child plays sports, we’ll suggest they wear a mouth guard to prevent future injuries and facial trauma. We can even examine your child’s teeth to check for signs of bruxism, and if we notice there is a problem, we will suggest wearing a nighttime mouth guard. Your child can have their mouth guard replaced at any time as it shows signs of wear.
What happens during the process for a Mouth Guard?
The mouth guard process is quick, easy and convenient. Your will first bring your child into our office and have impressions taken. These detailed molds of their teeth and gums allow us to create a customized mouth guard to fit their teeth. They will come back in at a later time to have the mouth guard fitted and adjusted to ensure that it’s comfortable. In order for the mouth guard to work properly, it should be worn either while playing sports or when sleeping at night. Your child can come in to have the appliance fully replaced as it shows signs of wear or damage. Most mouth guards can last for many years before replacement is needed.
If you’re interested in learning more about mouth guards and how they work, call Dr. Scott at our pediatric dental office in Lincoln, NE today to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members.