From tennis to football, youth and adolescent sports participation has increased steadily over the years. As a result, incidence of injury has also increased.
Mouthguards for Active Kids
Custom-Designed Mouth Guards
Research has consistently shown that the best mouthguards are custom-designed and made by a dental professional with the athlete’s individual needs (such as age, sport, and position played) in mind. A custom-made guard can even allow space for growing teeth and jaws. No matter how much you spend, an over-the-counter mouth guard cannot insure the same quality.
Custom-designed mouth guards are made from precise models of an individual’s own teeth. they are made of tear-resistant materials that ensure a proper fit and comfort. They are also easy to clean and do not restrict breathing. While store-bought mouth guards have a consistent thickness, a dental professional can take critical areas into account and create a less bulky guard that has sufficient thickness only where needed the most.
Prevention of Dental Injuries
The National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety reports that dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during sports participation. Research suggests that an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a mouthguard. Unfortunately, some injuries result in permanent damage to oral structures which may eventually require medical intervention. With a custom-designed mouth guard, dental injuries are easily prevented.