If your children play basketball, soccer, football, or any other kind of contact sport that could cause an oral injury, we recommend bringing them in for a custom-fitted sports mouthguard. Kids who grind their teeth may also need a mouthguard to prevent damage. To learn more about mouthguards for children, schedule an appointment at Miles of Little Smiles in Westchester, NY today!
Sports mouthguards, also known as athletic mouthguards, are one of the most important pieces of protective equipment you can get for your child if they play a contact sport. Even an accidental hit in a contact sport can cause serious oral damage if your child is not properly protected.
A custom-fitted athletic mouthguard from Miles of Little Smiles is the best option for your child. While you can get cheaper “boil-and-bite” or one-size-fits-all mouthguards, these are often bulky and uncomfortable, and can even interfere with proper speech or breathing.
A custom-built sports mouthguard from Miles of Little Smiles will ensure your child can speak and breathe properly, and cushion their teeth and jaws from impact while playing sports. The ADA has estimated that a properly-fitted athletic mouthguard results in a 60x lower risk of serious oral injuries while playing sports.
Mouthguards for Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding (bruxism) can happen at any age, even to kids. Over time, untreated teeth grinding can result in premature wear and tear to the teeth, and even cause serious jaw issues like TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder).
A mouthguard for teeth grinding is the best way to prevent damage to your child’s teeth if they are grinding their teeth at night. Your child’s mouthguard will be made out of a durable plastic material that is custom-formed to their teeth. The plastic of the mouthguard prevents direct tooth-to-tooth contact, which helps cushion the teeth and prevents premature tooth wear from bruxism.
What Can I Expect From the Process?
Getting an athletic mouthguard or a mouthguard for teeth grinding is a very simple process, and can be done as part of any routine dental visit at Miles of Little Smiles. Dr. Mila Belgrade will simply place dental putty in a set of trays. Then, your child will bite down on these trays to make impressions of their teeth.
These impressions will be used by a dental lab to create your child’s athletic mouthguard or teeth grinding mouthguard. This ensures that it fits perfectly, and is comfortable for your child to wear.
How Long Will My Child’s Mouthguard Last?
Both sports mouthguards and mouthguards for teeth grinding will last a long time with proper care. In most cases, younger children with developing mouths will grow out of their mouthguard and need a new one before the mouthguard itself wears out.
Professionally-made sports mouthguards usually last between 3-5 years. Nightguards will also usually last up to 5 years with proper care. You need to make sure that you or your child rinse and brush the mouthguard out between each use to prevent bacterial buildup.