Do I need a Mouthguard?

Imagine what it would be like if you lost your front teeth. Suddenly what you took for granted - ability to smile, talk, and bite into that juicy, crisp apple would feel uncomfortable.

Thousands of children and adults experience injuries to the face on the playing field, on the basketball court, while skating or biking, and during other activities. Injuries to the face can harm your teeth, lips, tongue, and cheeks.

A properly fitted mouthguard, or mouth protector helps cushion blows that might otherwise cause broken teeth and injuries to the lips and tongue.

There are 3 types of mouthguards to choose from:

  1. The ready-made, or stock, mouthguard
  2. The mouth-formed “boil-and-bite mouthguard
  3. The custom-made mouthguard made by your dentist

All three types of mouthguards provide protection, but may vary in comfort, fit, and cost. The most effective mouthguard should fit comfortably and not restrict your speech or airway.

At Eagle Crest Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that properly fitted mouthguards be worn for any contact or noncontact sports and recreational activities that pose a risk of injury to the mouth.



Eagle Crest Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Rose Wadenya - Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

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