Mouth guards are also called athletic mouth protectors and sports guards. This safety equipment is crucial for people who are participating in a potentially injurious sport or recreational activity. Mouth guards sit over the upper teeth and basically protect the whole mouth area from a traumatic impact. These protectors are also used for teeth protection by children with a habit of grinding their teeth at night.
The use of dental guards is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) during all sports and recreational activities. These guards are inexpensive as they usually cost less than 10 dollars, making them a great investment for parents.
How Mouth Guards Protect Your Child
Wearing dental guards has been set as a requirement by most sports and recreation-related organizations. While primarily protecting the teeth from external trauma, mouth guards also reduce the degree of impact transmitted to the central nervous system which can produce very serious complications.
Other serious injuries that can be avoided by using mouth guards include:
Fractures in the Jawbone
Which Mouth Guards Are Suitable for Children?
There are thousands of mouth guard brands available in the market and most of these products usually fall into three different categories, customized mouth guards, boil and bite mouth guards and stock mouth guards.
Below are the points that should be considered before making a purchase.
How much can you afford to spend?
How often will the product be used?
What kind of activity the mouth guard will be used for?
The pros and cons of the three different types of mouth guards are explained below with respect to the points mentioned above.
Customized Mouth Guards
These mouth guards are custom-made by a dental professional and offer the highest degree of protection against an external impact. The first step towards creating these mouth guards is the creation of an impression of the user’s teeth by the dentist. This impression is created by using a special material which is later used as a mold. These mouth guards are usually more expensive, take a bit longer to get use to wearing but are very comfortable and orthodontically approved by the dental expert.
Boil and Bite Mouth Guards
These mouth guards can be easily found at most sports equipment stores. These guards are made from thermoplastic which is immersed in hot water and then pressed against the user’s teeth in order to create a custom mold. These guards are less expensive as compared to custom mouth guards but offer adequate protection and comfort.
Stock Mouth Guards
These mouth guards are a one-size-fits-all product which can be used without any detailed customization. These guards are usually very inexpensive, easy to use, and can be found at all sports equipment stores. However, these guards are not favored by most dentists because they provide less protection, are uncomfortable, and make it difficult to breathe and talk while wearing them.
You can contact A to Z Dental for consultation if you are unable to decide which mouth guard is the right choice for you.
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