Should My Child Wear a Mouthguard to Play Sports?


It is important for children to wear a mouthguard when they are playing sports. A good mouthguard can protect your child’s mouth from serious injury during sports. It is important to make sure that you are buying the right mouthguard for them to prevent broken teeth or damage to the mouth.
Your child needs a mouth protector just like they need their other safety equipment. It can protect them from a dental emergency. While it’s always best to consult your Saginaw, MI dentist for advice on what mouthguards are best, it still pays to know the differences between the three types of mouthguards available.

Custom-Fit Mouthguards

Custom-fit mouthguards are made for your child and designed to fit their mouths. A dental professional will make an imprint of your child’s teeth and mouth. It will then be used to make the well-fitted mouthguard. They are more expensive than other types of mouthguards. The advantage of this type is that they almost always offer more protection since they fit better. Dr. Jennifer Schau and her Saginaw, MI dental team can fit your child with a mouthguard that provides the best possible protection.

Stock Mouthguards

Stock mouthguards come pre-formed and ready to use. They are relatively inexpensive, but since they aren’t customized to fit your child, they might not fit properly or provide as much protection as a custom-fitted mouthguard.

Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards

Boil-and-bite mouthguards can be considered the middle ground between custom-fit mouthguards and stock mouthguards. They can be purchased at most sporting goods stores, and they can adapt to your child’s mouth after they are softened in boiling water.

Want more information on mouthguards?

If your child wears braces or other dental equipment talk to the dentist about the type of mouthguard they should wear. For more information about mouthguards or to find the mouthguard that is best for your child, contact Dr. Jennifer Schau today. Dr. Schau and the team will be happy to answer any questions that you might have.