Should Children Wear Mouthguards to Play Sports?

Children today have a variety of options when it comes to extracurricular activities and sports. Most sports have their own type of equipment to help protect children while they engage in rigorous activities or contact sports. Some parents wonder whether their child really needs mouthguards or not.

Purpose of a Mouthguard

A mouthguard is an essential piece of safety equipment that every child should have if they participate in contact sports. A basic mouthguard can provide a lot of protection for your teeth. However, not only can they protect your teeth, but they can prevent injuries to the gums, lips, and other soft tissue in the mouth. Studies show that athletes who do not wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to suffer an injury to their teeth than those who do wear them.

Types of Mouthguards

There are three different types of mouthguards to choose from. The most expensive yet most efficient is a custom-fitted mouthguard. This mouthguard is customized to fit your mouth by your dentist. This type of mouthguard offers the most protection. A Buffalo Grove, IL dentist can custom make one of these mouthguards for your child. 

The second type of mouthpiece that you can find is a stock mouthguard. Stock mouthguards come pre-formed are ready to use out of the package, but they don’t always fit properly. The third type of mouthguard is the boil and bite variety. These mouthguards need to be softened in boiling water so it can mold and adapt itself to the wearer’s mouth. 

Learn More by Contacting Us!

If you would like to learn more about why mouthguards are so essential, contact Creekside Dental today. Dr. Sara Chung, Dr. William McCune, Dr. John Micaletti, and their Buffalo Grove, IL dental team will be happy to answer any questions that you might have.

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