Sports Injury Prevention

Sports are a great activity for kids. Participating in sports teaches leadership skills, teamwork, work ethic, and so much more. However, in any sports activity there is a risk of injury. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce that risk.

You wouldn’t send your child to soccer practice without shin guards, just like you wouldn’t send them to swimming practice without goggles. But what about protecting your child’s teeth? Custom athletic mouth guards can help protect not only your child’s teeth, but they can also reduce the risk of concussion!

Custom mouth guards are the most effective way to prevent serious dental injuries as a result of sports activities. They are especially important for high-contact sports such as martial arts, wrestling, football, and more.

All kinds of sports activities can result in damage to the teeth and mouth. Be prepared with a custom-fit mouth guard.

How Do Custom Mouth Guards Work?

Custom mouth guards are specially made to fit your child’s teeth for the most effective protection. Making a custom mouth guard involves an individual fabrication process that results in a personalized fit.

Custom mouth guards are best for children who have all of their permanent teeth. Various protection options also exist for younger children who still have their primary teeth. Protecting the teeth and mouth is important at any age.

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Is A Custom Mouth Guard Right for Your Child?

If your child participates in athletic activities, they’re a great candidate for a custom mouth guard. We strongly recommend a custom mouth guard to any child involved in sports, especially high-contact sports.

If this sounds like your child, be sure to let us know! Together we can discuss your best options for dental injury prevention at any age. If you have any questions about custom mouth guards or sports injury prevention, just ask your child’s dentist at his or her next appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Safe are Custom Mouth Guards?

Very safe! Custom mouth guards offer the best fit and the most effective protection. Creating your child’s custom athletic mouth guard is a safe and simple process that will protect the investment you’ve made in their dental health.

Does My Child Need to Avoid Eating or Drinking Before A Custom Mouth Guard Fitting?

A custom mouth guard can be made without regard to recent food or drink consumption. Of course, a good brushing is recommended before the guard is fitted to keep things clean and sanitary. Eating or drinking before or after the fitting does not affect the process.

How Often Should My Child Get A Custom Mouth Guard Made?

Custom mouth guards are made to fit like a glove, and they will do so as long as your child’s teeth remain the same as when the guard was fitted. If your child notices their mouth guard no longer fits well, it could be a sign their teeth have shifted. In this case, it may be a good idea to get a new custom mouth guard to fit them better.

Do you accept insurance or Medicaid?

Yes! We accept Medicaid and many other insurance plans, including those from:

  • Anthem
  • Metlife
  • Guardian
  • United Concordia
  • Delta Dental
  • Cigna
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