Do your children play rugby or football regularly? Are you afraid of them getting hurt? Usually, parents of young athletes are afraid their children will suffer sports injuries. Many of them, however, only focus on common injuries such as sprains, fractures, and knee injuries — only a few parents think about dental injuries.
Typically, dental trauma due to contact sports involves tooth fracture and avulsion. Replantation or tooth replacement procedures may treat dental injuries. But parents must know that they can prevent dental trauma by encouraging their children to wear mouth guards.
Here are some of the common types of mouth guards ideal for your children:
Stock Mouth Guards
Sports mouth guards for children are affordable and easily available in stores. However, they are bulky and a one-size-fits-all. These products failed to account that the jaws are all shaped differently.
Custom Fit Mouth Guards
Dee Kay Dental and other practices in the UK produce custom-made mouth guards for children. This kind of mouth guard is usually only a few millimetres thick, so they aren’t too bulky to wear. Your child will be fully protected wearing these mouth guards, as they were made to fit the child’s teeth in the first place.
Boil-and-Bite Mouth Guards
Once you buy them at the counter, boil-and-bite mouth guards are not ready-to-use. You need to heat it and when it gets a little warm, have your child bite down on it, so their teeth create an imprint on the inside. In some way, these mouth guards offer what custom-fit types can provide — full protection because of the perfect fit. But mind you, these boil-and-bite mouth guards are a bit expensive.
Ideally, it is best to bring your child to a dentist and ask for a custom-made mouth guard. However, this decision still depends on your budget. Just remember that some young athletes don’t like wearing their mouth guards if it isn’t comfortable or if it feels or looks awkward on them, making it harder for them to breathe while playing.