How to Get a Custom Mouth Guard
When you come into Snodgrass-King and want to get a mouth guard for your child, we’ll begin by taking an impression of your child’s teeth so we know exactly how to protect them. Then, we’ll use that mold to create a snug, comfortable, and totally protective mouthguard.
The process usually takes about 2-3 weeks, so getting this done during the summer is the way to go.
What Are Mouth Guards Made Out Of?
A mouthguard is generally made of plastic, which is formed to curve along with the teeth and gums. There are three types of dental mouth guards: stock, boil & bite, and custom-fit.
Each type of guard protects from broken teeth, bitten tongues, tooth injuries, damaged teeth, splitting teeth, and other sports-related dental injuries.
Can My Child Wear a Mouth Guard if They Have Braces?
Yes! In fact, we recommend it. Braces tend to make any impact to the face much more harmful to the inside of the mouth. A custom-fitted mouthguard will protect the inside of your child’s mouth from getting shredded by the brackets if they get hit in the face during sports activities.
Taking Care of A Mouth Guard
Just like any oral appliance, mouth guards should be taken care of regularly.
If your child does have a mouth guard, it should be cleaned often. Like a retainer, a mouthguard should be brushed and rinsed before and after each use. The guard should also be deep cleaned weekly and then left to air dry.
It should also be kept in a safe and clean place, like a retainer case. Avoiding high temperatures will keep the mouth guard from warping or melting. Inevitably, a well-worn mouth guard will show wear, so having a backup mouth guard is handy!
Basic Benefits Of Dental Mouth Guards
- Prevent broken teeth
- Prevent cuts and bruising on gums and tongue
- Prevent teeth from moving
- Absorb shock when an impact is made to the mouth
- Prevent braces/dental appliances from interfering in the mouth
Fun fact: Dental mouth guards come in multiple colors. What kid wouldn’t love that!?
Get Back to School Ready at Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dentistry
Does your child need his or her routine teeth cleaning? Coming in for a custom-fit mouthguard? Let’s get your child set up for one of our back-to-school dental checkups.
Schedule an appointment here through our website or give us a call!