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If you child is involved in sports, the school or league may require a mouthguard as part of the basic equipment. Normally, we would associate mouthguards with sports like football, hockey or lacrosse. But the truth is that if your child plays any sport where there is a chance of an impact to the mouth, they should wear a mouthguard. This is especially true if your child wears orthodontics, since a mouthguard will protect their teeth, and their dental work.

There are three basic kinds of mouthguards. Stock mouthguards can be purchased at retail or sporting goods stores and offer very basic protection for your teeth. Boil-and-bite mouthguards offer a bit more protection. They can also be purchased over-the-counter. They are placed in boiling water and when they have cooled enough, your child will bite down on them so that they will conform to your child’s bite.

However, the best option for getting a mouthguard that will offer the maximum amount of protection for your child’s teeth is a mouthguard provided by your dentist. You dentist will take an impression of your child’s teeth, and have a that impression sent to a dental lab. The lab will then craft a mouthguard designed specifically to fit your child’s smile. A custom mouthguard offers the best possible protection for your child’s teeth when they play sports. For the best results, your child should have a new mouthguard made at the start of every sports season.

If your child is starting a new sport or activity, or needs to replace last season’s mouthguard, our dentist, Dr. Trace M. Lund can certainly help! If you live in the Price, Utah area, call 435.637.9590 for an appointment at Price Pediatric Dentistry.