Mouth Guards for Children
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, NJ for an appointment. Our staff can discuss with you the advantages of wearing a mouth guard.
What Is a Mouth Guard and How Do They Work?
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.
- Stock mouth guards: At Little Family Dentistry, our staff favors this type of mouth guard the least because it provides minimal protection, obstructs proper breathing and speaking and tends to be uncomfortable for the wearer. These guards are relatively inexpensive, easy to fit and available at some sporting goods stores; however, the fit is a one-size-fits-all, meaning that the mouth guard doesn't always adjust properly to your child's teeth.
- Boil and bite mouth guards: These mouth guards are made from thermoplastic and are submerged in hot water and then pressed on the child's teeth to create a custom mold. They are slightly more expensive, but offer more protection, feel more comfortable in the mouth and allow for natural breathing.
- Customized mouth guards: At Little Family Dentistry, we highly recommend parents consider this type of guard. They are custom-made by the dentist and tailored to your child's teeth by making an impression of their teeth using a particular material. The mouth guard is created from the mold. Customized mouth guards are more comfortable and approved by our staff and the AAPD.
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, NJ and talk to our staff regarding your concerns.
If you have questions regarding mouth guards, visit our office at Little Family Dentistry, in Bayonne, NJ at (201) 273-9233 for a consultation.