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A mouth guard is a tough, plastic device that your kids wear inside their mouths to protect their teeth from accidents and sports injuries. A mouthguard is recommended in sports dentistry because it’s far less expensive and less traumatic to teach your kids how to wear a custom-made mouth guard than it is to go through extensive dental work fixing problems. The best children’s dentist in Brooklyn also is your family dentist. He can provide mouthguards for the entire family if yours is particularly active. A mouthguard also is ideal for protecting braces and to prevent injuries from teeth grinding during sleep.

Mouth Guards Brooklyn NYWhen your kids play contact sports like boxing, martial arts or football, a mouthguard is a safe protection for their teeth. Sometimes spelled as two words — mouth guard — the device is provided by your sports dentistry practice, such as the pediatric dentistry of Brooklyn Pediatric Dentistry Center. It’s the place to go for a custom-made mouthguard.

Your kids also may need a custom-made mouth guard if they have braces, grind their teeth. Your pediatric dentist in Brooklyn can tell you if your child is at risk and needs a mouth guard that serves as a barrier between the teeth and lips. Mouthguards also protect soft tissue in the mouth.

Come visit our Brooklyn kids dentistry center if you are looking for the newest, maximum protection custom made mouthguard for kids or teens. We provide odorless mouthguards and lots of different designs and colors.

Why Should My Child Wear a Sports Mouthguard?

Every year there are thousands of dental injuries resulting from sporting activities and which can result in broken, fractured, or even knocked-out teeth. Such injuries frequently require restorative dentistry and can result in a lifetime of costly dental bills. A well-fitting mouthguard is a much more cost-effective solution and helps to avoid the heartache of a dental injury.

A properly fitted mouthguard helps to cushion any blow to the face, reducing the risk of injuries to teeth and the lips, tongue, and jaw. Mouthguards usually fit over the upper teeth and can be highly effective in preventing injuries.

Protecting Teeth During Contact and Non-Contact Sports

Certain contact sports carry a higher risk of an injury to the mouth, but there is a risk of dental injury even for some non-contact sports, for example, gymnastics and skateboarding. If there is any chance your child could take a blow to the mouth while enjoying their chosen sports, it is worth providing them with a mouthguard.

Which is the Best Mouthguard?

There are three types of mouthguards available:

  • Stock mouthguards
  • Boil and bite mouthguards
  • Custom-made mouthguards

Stock Mouthguards

Stock mouthguards are available to purchase over the counter for just a few dollars and are premade and ready to wear. However, these mouthguards fit poorly and are often bulky and uncomfortable to use. They can make it tricky to talk or even breathe while wearing them. They offer only limited protection at best, and because they are so uncomfortable, you may find your child is resistant to using one.

Boil and Bite Mouthguards

Boil and bite mouthguards are also available over the counter and fit a little better than stock mouthguards because they can be adapted to fit in the mouth. You soften the mouthguard in hot water before inserting it into the mouth. Your child can then use their fingers and tongue to try to get it fitting more securely around their teeth. Although they fit a little better than stock mouthguards, protection is limited, and they can also be very uncomfortable to use.

Custom-Made Mouthguards

Although a custom-made mouthguard is more expensive than the previous two options, it provides a far superior level of protection. The mouthguard fits precisely over your child’s teeth, providing maximum protection in critical areas. Because the mouthguard is custom-made, it is comfortable to wear, and your child will still be able to breathe easily.

Custom made mouthguards are fabricated from a tough plastic material that is resistant to tearing and is odorless. Usually, there are lots of different designs and colors to choose from, so if they wish, your child can have their mouthguard made in their favorite color or their team’s colors.

Sports Dentistry Now Beats Fixing Teeth Later

The best dentist for kids can fit your active teens and youngsters with a mouth guard. And when you build a relationship with a special needs pediatric dentist, your kids are already familiar and comfortable with your NYC dentist after having visited regularly for:

And just as regular visits to the best pediatric dentist for preventive dental treatments save you money in the future, so a mouthguard can save you from the need for an emergency dentist for kids. A mouth guard provides benefits that include:

  • Staying securely in place during activities
  • Allowing kids to speak with the mouthguard in place
  • Easily cleaned appliance
  • Durable and resilient
  • Comfortable
  • Tasteless and odorless
  • Tear-resistant

Prevent Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Since your children’s emergency dentist and children’s dentist in Brooklyn also practices sports dentistry, he’s familiar with your kids and their levels of activity, dental hygiene and oral history. A custom-made mouth guard is a sound investment for children and adolescents of all ages. You may even decide that you and the adults in your family may also benefit from mouthguards for many of the same reasons.

Mouthguards keep you from losing teeth and causing other dental problems, including:

  • Jaw pain, bone damage or root deterioration
  • Chipped and broken teeth
  • Infection in loosened teeth
  • Tooth pain
  • Throbbing pain from teeth grinding

In addition to sports dentistry uses, a mouth guard often is recommended by your toddler dentist in Brooklyn when teeth seem to be growing in crooked. Sleeping with a mouth guard can force teeth into a straighter growth spurt so that you aren’t strapped with braces during your children’s adolescence.

The Fix Is In

When accidents do occur, your Brooklyn dentist offers a host of treatments for most any need, such as:

If your active family ever gave you grief about wearing a mouth guard while they played sports, undergoing the pain of an injury may cure them of complaining. Coupled with the extensive time spent getting a more expensive dental repair, they’ll certainly be more willing to wear a custom-made mouth guard going forward. And your pediatric dentist in Brooklyn is happy to show your kids how best to maintain and wear the dental device so they provide the least amount of friction.

Custom-Made Mouthguards

Although a custom-made mouthguard is more expensive than the previous two options, it provides a far superior level of protection. The mouthguard fits precisely over your child’s teeth, providing maximum protection in critical areas. Because the mouthguard is custom-made, it is comfortable to wear, and your child will still be able to breathe easily.

Custom made mouthguards are fabricated from a tough plastic material that is resistant to tearing and is odorless. Usually, there are lots of different designs and colors to choose from, so if they wish, your child can have their mouthguard made in their favorite color or their team’s colors.

More Reasons for a Custom-Made Mouth Guard

When your children grind their teeth during the night or while napping, they may suffer from a condition called bruxism. A mouth guard designed for sleeping reduces the friction that eventually leads to loosened teeth, chipped teeth and broken teeth. A mouth guard also protects your kids from serious accidental injuries from sports, such as:

  • Jaw fracture
  • Concussion
  • Internal bleeding in the brain

These injuries often occur when the upper and lower teeth are slammed together, sending waves of pain and shaking through the jaw, cheeks and top of the head. When your kids wear a big investment in the form of braces and retainers, a mouth guard also protects those costly devices. The soft tissue in the mouth also is protected with a mouthguard. Injuries to the gums cause bruising and pain, as well as tongue, lips and cheek abrasions.

What Is the Process for Having a Custom-Made Mouthguard?

The process is very quick and easy, as we will merely need to take an impression of your child’s mouth to create a 3-D model, and the mouthguard is made to fit the model precisely. Once it is ready, we can try in the mouthguard to ensure it fits comfortably and it is ready to use.

If your child wears a brace or another dental appliance on their lower teeth, we may suggest they have a mouthguard to protect these teeth as well.

Caring for a Mouthguard

Mouthguards are easy to care for, but your child must make sure they rinse it before using it, and afterward, they can brush it gently using a toothbrush and toothpaste. The mouthguard occasionally needs cleaning more thoroughly using cool soapy water and rinsing thoroughly. It must be stored in a ventilated container, away from the sun or any other heat source as this could distort the mouthguard.

Our pediatric dentists need to check your child’s mouthguard regularly during their dental examinations, and especially while their teeth and jaws are still growing and developing. Although the mouthguard may need replacing more frequently while they are growing, it’s a far better option than risking a severe dental injury.

Do you have any questions about the Mouth Guard for Kids & Teens in Brooklyn? For more information or to schedule an appointment with the top pediatric dentist in Brooklyn Igor Khabensky DDS or Dr. Tracy Kim DDS of Brooklyn Pediatric Dentistry Center? Please contact our Pediatric Dentistry Center for consultation with the kids dentist Igor Khabensky DDS.

 

This page was published on Oct 8, 2020, modified on Nov 24, 2020 by Pediatric Dentistry Center

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