Summer Sports – Protect Your Teeth!

The weather is warming up and is perfect for playing outside. Athletics in school help make sure your child is protected, but what about during the summer months? Help keep your child’s teeth protected by having them wear a mouthguard!

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A lost or damaged tooth can be expensive to replace or repair and may have been prevented with a simple mouthguard. There are three types of mouthguards:

  1. Pre-formed mouthguards are found in the athletic department of most department stores. They are a “one size fits all” variety and are not recommended by most dentists.
  2. Boil to Fit mouthguards are also found in most department stores. They are placed in boiling water and then formed to the individual’s mouth by biting into the softened material.  Often they are bulky and can hinder breathing but can be effective.
  3. Custom fit mouthguards are made by your dentist. Impressions of your teeth are taken and then sent to a lab to have a custom mouthguard made.  They tend to be less bulky, do not hinder breathing and fit just your mouth. Custom Fit mouthguards offer the best protection for your teeth, tongue, and jaw.  Since young athletes are still growing, a new mouthguard may be needed every year.

A mouth guard is suggested for anyone who is active, no matter the sport. Rock climbing, mountain biking, skateboarding, BMX biking, boxing, volleyball and many other sports have the potential for injury to the tongue, jaw or teeth.

If you are active and wonder if a mouthguard is right for you or your child, call our office today and we can help you decided what would fit you and your lifestyle.
(208) 402-1040

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