Mouth Guards and Sports | Sun Valley Pediatric Dentistry | Mesa, Avondale, Gilbert, AZ

Exercise and sporting events should be a part of every child’s routine. While some activities don’t require the use of mouth guards it is recommended that kids engaging in contact sports such as football, hockey or soccer.
Here is what you need to know about mouth guards.
There are three different types of mouth guards including:

Stock Mouth Protectors

These mouth guards are preformed and come ready to wear. These are inexpensive and not custom made to fit your mouth. These can be purchased at your local sporting goods store. These may work for some individuals but they can be bulky, and make breathing difficult. Dentists do not recommend their use.

Boil and Bite

These mouth protectors are a bit more customizable than the stock mouth protectors. These mouth guards are made from thermoplastic material which can be boiled in hot water to soften. Once the plastic is soft the mouth guard is placed in the mouth and an individual will bite down to customize the fit.

Custom Fitted Mouth Protectors

Your best option when protecting your mouth is the custom fitted mouth protector. These are individually designed and made in a dental office or professional laboratory as per your dentist’s instructions. Your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using special material. This is the most effective method but also the most expensive.
Mouth guards can work wonders to protect your teeth from various maladies including tooth fractures, tooth loss, soft tissue injury, concussions, and jaw fractures.
The most common activities that require the use of mouth guards are listed below.

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Field Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Lacrosse

To get a consultation on mouth guards or for more information visit our office today!