For young athletes, mouth guards are an essential piece of equipment during sports events and recreational activities. Mouth guards should be worn by athletes of all ages who participate in sports such as football, hockey, lacrosse, wrestling, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, rugby, skating, skateboarding or gymnastics.
If collisions or falls are part of the sport your son or daughter is playing, a mouth guard should be used.
A mouth guard will help prevent structural damage to the teeth and jaw, but will also help prevent injuries such as lacerations to cheeks, tongue, and lips in the event of a collision. Mouth guards have also been shown to help decrease concussions.
Mouth guards are available in most sporting goods stores, but be careful when purchasing a mouth guard from a sporting goods supplier or a pharmacy. Generic mouth guards do not offer the best level of protection are can be ill-fitting and uncomfortable.
For the best level of comfort and protection, have Phenix Dental create a custom-fit mouth guard for your child. A custom mouth guard is created specifically for the protection of the individual patient. It is created with thin plastic that is hardened to protect your teeth. The custom profile of the mouth guard allows for easy breathing and also allows for easy communication (which is especially important for your star quarterback who needs to call out signals).