Does your child play a heavy contact sport? Are they very active? If you've answered yes to both questions, you should visit our office at Little Family Dentistry, in Bayonne, New Jersey for an appointment. Our staff can discuss with you the advantages of wearing a mouth guard.
A mouth guard is a plastic device placed in the mouth over the teeth to protect them from harm. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), mouth guards, or commonly known as sports guard, should be an important part of your child's equipment and worn while participating in any active sport. Three types of mouth guards available are: stock mouth guards, boil and bite mouth guards and customized mouth guards.
Night guards are made of clear plastic and designed to fit securely around your teeth; however, you should consult our office before purchasing a night guard because its use can vary from child to child. Night guards prevent tooth damage in children and adults who grind their teeth at night. During the beginning stages of your child's dental development, their top and bottom teeth may not fit together comfortably which means they end up grinding their teeth to alleviate the discomfort they feel. Fortunately, some children outgrow this habit by the age of 12. Others, however, could continue the pattern well into their adult years. Call our office at Little Family Dentistry, in Bayonne, New Jersey and talk to our staff regarding your concerns.
If you have questions regarding mouth guards, visit our office at Little Family Dentistry at (201) 273-9233 for a consultation.