Athletic Mouthguards: A Year-Round Need

As a parent, one of your many jobs is to help keep your child healthy. That often means purchasing proper protective gear for kids who play sports. That protective gear should include an athletic mouthguard from Dr. Bevin Malley of Carolina Kids Dentistry.

MouthguardsNot Just for Football…

You may equate athletic mouthguards with contact sports, such as football and hockey. And while a mouthguard is a crucial piece of gear for contact sports, the American Dental Association also recommends mouthguard use for a variety of non-contact sports and activities, including gymnastics, tennis, skating, and more.

Mouthguard Mechanics

A mouthguard is made from firm, yet flexible, acrylic. It fits snugly over teeth to protect them. But the protective benefit doesn’t stop there. A mouthguard defends lips, gums, and the soft tissues of the mouth against damage from contact. It works by slowing down and dispersing impact. Studies show that the risk of oral-related injury is 60 times greater when a mouthguard isn’t worn.

Kids who wear braces can – and should – use mouthguards. Typically, a mouthguard is worn over the top teeth. If your child wears braces on the lower teeth, the doctor may recommend a mouthguard for those teeth, too.

A Custom Fit

Purchasing a custom-made mouthguard from Carolina Kids Dentistry in Mint Hill NC ensures optimal fit, comfort, and protection. A comfortable fit will go a long toward getting your child to dutifully wear the mouthguard when playing sports or engaging in physical activity. We’ll make a model of your child’s smile to fabricate the mouthguard to exact specifications and give you all of the information you need to maintain the longevity of your custom equipment.

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Partner with Carolina Kids Dentistry to keep your child’s smile healthy and strong. A custom-made mouthguard is just what the doctor ordered for your active child!