If you have a child in any type of sports, you should always make sure that he or she has a properly chosen mouthguard. Your job doesn’t stop there, of course, because you also have to make sure that your child is actually wearing the mouthguard—and that can be far more difficult!
Types of Mouthguards
There are currently several different types of mouthguards you can buy. You may be tempted to go with the cheapest option, but that choice could cost you even more in emergency dental restorative procedures! It’s much better to choose either a mouth-formed mouthguard or even a custom-made appliance.
Taking care of your child’s mouthguard isn’t difficult. Your two biggest concerns are keeping the appliance clean and preventing damage. Always clean the mouthguard after use and soak it in mouthwash before storing it. Keep it out of direct sunlight, and don’t leave it in the car for long periods. Teach kids to never share mouthguards or even handle a mouthguard that belongs to someone else.
These tips should help keep your active kids safe, both on and off the field. If you’d like to know more about custom-fitting a mouthguard, call our office or use our online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.