Mouthguards, also called mouth protectors, help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your child's lips, tongue, face or jaw. They typically cover the upper and lower teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your child's tongue, lips and cheek lining.
When it comes to protecting your child's mouth, a mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age. While collision and contact sports, such as boxing, football and basketball, are higher-risk sports for the mouth, any athlete may experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics and skating.
A properly fitted mouthguard may be especially important for people who wear braces. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. A mouthguard also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, which will help your child avoid injuries to his/her gums and cheeks.
Dr. Luke and Dr. Marshall recommend Denta-Gard Mouth Protectors. We sell these mouthguards in our Dental Shop at our office for half the price of online retail!