About Athletic Mouthguards
If your child is active in any sports that could involve an impact to the mouth, they need to wear a mouthguard. Although you find generic mouthguards at any sporting goods store, these commercial appliances tend to be uncomfortable and slip around too easily. In many cases, this could mean that kids neglect to wear them altogether. We can provide a mouthguard that is specifically designed to fit your child’s mouth perfectly, ensuring protection for their smile on the field or court.
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Who is a candidate for athletic mouthguards?
Athletic mouthguards are a great way to protect your child’s teeth, lips, tongue, and gums in case of an accident. Mouthguards are recommended for anyone who participates in a sport where there is a risk of contact or collision, like football, hockey, and baseball. Even non-contact sports like skateboarding or biking can put your child at risk for a dental injury if they fall. WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry can determine if your child is a candidate for an athletic mouthguard during a regular dental exam. We take into account their age, their preferred activities, and whether they have pre-existing dental conditions that put them at greater risk for injury.
What to expect when getting an athletic mouthguard
WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry creates your child's mouthguard by taking a series of digital or physical impressions of their teeth. These impressions are sent to a dental laboratory where the mouthguard is custom-made. We work with only the best labs in order to ensure that your child’s mouthguard is comfortable and durable. Our pediatric dentists then schedule an appointment for a fitting, where we check to make sure the mouth guard fits properly and make any final adjustments as needed.
Athletic mouthguards FAQs
What about over-the-counter mouthguards?
There are standard boil-and-bite mouthguards that can protect your teeth and gums from damage. However, these are not custom-fitted and may lead to dental issues down the line. Our pediatric dentist recommends getting a personalized athletic mouthguard with your oral health in mind.
How long will my mouthguard last?
A new mouthguard could last a few years with proper care and cleaning. Our pediatric dentist can provide you with instructions about cleaning and storing the mouthguard when it's not in use. As your child's teeth continue to grow and change, we may need to make a replacement. Remember to bring the mouthguard to all dental appointments so we can inspect it for wear and tear.
How do I clean my mouthguard?
Taking care of your athletic mouthguard is easy. First, make sure to clean it before each use with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Rinse it thoroughly with water to make sure all the harmful bacteria are washed away. A protective case can help prevent the mouthguard from getting cracked or broken by accident. Remember to clean your case as well!