Children can play rough, and the last thing you want for your child is a tooth broken or knocked out by a tackle, slide, or check. Because we are Thomas R. Lambert DMD, we offer custom athletic mouthguards to protect your child’s teeth.
Preventive dental care is important. Some people wait until the problem is big, leading to more time and money out of your pocket. Worse, it can lead to serious dental problems with your smile. That’s especially true for children playing in sports.
If your child is playing sports, an athletic mouthguard is not just a good idea, it’s often required. Each year, children lose more than five million teeth due to sports injuries. That doesn’t include teeth loosened, cracked, or chipped from normal play. Even the gums can be injured by a stray ball or due to sports injuries. By wearing athletic mouthguards, children can protect their smiles and avoid costly and painful dental procedures in the future. And because it helps prevent jarring impacts to the teeth of the lower jaw, it can even help prevent concussions. Even if your child doesn’t play organized sports, a mouthguard could be a good idea. Skateboarders, cyclists, and skiers can all benefit from a custom athletic mouthguard.
We will review the specific risks associated with your sporting activity and what level of protection is needed: light, medium, heavy, or extra heavy. For example, light mouthguards are perfect for biking, whereas extra heavy mouthguards are necessary for kickboxing or field hockey (where the sticks can strike the mouth with a lot of force). Once we know what kind of protection your child needs, we make an impression of your child’s teeth and make a plaster mold. This allows us to create a custom laminated mouthguard specifically designed to fit and protect your child’s smile. We use PlaySafe, a leader in athletic mouthguards.
Over-the-counter mouthguards are available in many retail stores. Some even advertise a “custom fit” by boiling them until soft, then biting down hard for a few minutes. Despite such claims, they are designed as a one-size-fits-all solution to a problem that requires customization to be effective. Even a cheap “boil and bite” mouthguard feels bulky in the mouth and is easily chewed through in a short time. Worse, due to poor fit, it impedes talking with the guard in place, and in many cases, it offers less protection than if no mouthguard would be worn at all. By using a custom-fit PlaySafe laminated mouthguard, you are getting a strong guard that fits securely while offering protection specifically designed for your child’s mouth. And because it helps prevent injuries from sports, it can save you thousands of dollars in dental treatment costs and save your child’s teeth, and save your child unnecessary pain and embarrassment.
Since every person is unique, every person needs their own mouthguard. To discuss how a PlaySafe custom-fit mouthguard can help, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office at (484) 403-0099 or fill out our short online form. A member of our staff will be happy to answer your questions and schedule a consultation.