Custom Mouth Guards for Children

Mouth guards for children in sports

childrens mouth guard

Mouth guards should be used by anyone — both children and adults — who play contact sports such as football, boxing, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey. However, even those participating in noncontact sports (for example, gymnastics) and any recreational activity (for example, skateboarding, mountain biking) that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth would benefit from wearing a protective mouth guard.
Because accidents can happen during any physical activity, the advantage of using a mouth guard during sports is that it can help limit the risk of mouth-related injuries to your lips, tongue, and soft tissues of your mouth. Mouth guards also help you avoid chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth, or even tooth loss.
Custom mouth guards can be obtained from Dr. Feldhaus.  An impression is taken and the custom mouth guard is made by the dental laboratory.  The wonderful thing about the custom mouth guard is that it fits perfectly on the patient’s teeth and is likely to be worn more by the athlete due to it being more comfortable than a store-bought mouth guard.  Many color choices are available too!!!  Team colors are very popular!!

Mouth guards for children who grind their teeth

Many parents ask about making a mouth guard for their child to wear at night to prevent teeth grinding. They can be made, but unfortunately they do not fit for more than about a year in the patient that is in the mixed dentition stage. This is the stage where patients have both baby teeth and permanent teeth. The mouth guard will not fit when baby teeth are lost and permanent teeth take their place. For this reason, Dr. Feldhaus usually recommends waiting until all of the permanent teeth have erupted to make a mouth guard that will last for many years. However, if damage occurs on permanent teeth from the grinding prior to this time, something needs to be done sooner.
The effects of bruxism or grinding and clenching can be very intense in some people–usually adults. Some suffer from severe jaw pains and a splitting headache upon waking up in the morning. A good percentage of bruxism patients respond to night mouth guards. The moment they wear the device, they tend to be more conscious of the movement of their teeth, especially their tendency to clench teeth. Night mouth guards serve as an overnight protection for your teeth to keep them from touching with each other.