Custom Children’s Sports Mouth Guard
Children are most prone to sports-related oral injuries between the ages of 7 and 11. As Simcoe County’s only pediatric dental clinic you can trust us to create the perfectly fitted custom sports mouth guard, designed to protect your child’s mouth and teeth from all kinds of injuries.
In just two 20-minute visits, we can fit your child or teenager with a custom-made children’s sports mouth guard that is fitted to the exact size, shape, nooks, and crannies of your child’s mouth and teeth. That’s 40 minutes for years of dental defense and cake-hole safekeeping!
The first dental appointment is dedicated to taking an impression of your child’s teeth to ensure a perfect fit.
On the second visit, we position the custom sports mouth guard, check it for an exact match, and teach you and your child how to properly clean and store it. At all future dental visits, your child must bring their custom mouth guard along so we can keep checking to ensure the fit continues to be comfortable and effective.
IS A SPORTS MOUTH GUARD REALLY NECESSARY FOR MY CHILD?
If your child is involved in any kind of sports, a specially fitted, custom-made sports mouth guard is just as important as a helmet! (And definitely more important than knee and elbow pads – well, in our opinion anyway!)
We’re not just talking about full contact sports such as football and hockey, either.
The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) states, “Use of a properly fitted mouth guard, preferably custom fitted by a dentist, decreases the risk of orofacial injuries because they are more comfortable and therefore more likely to be properly positioned at the time of impact.”
They recommend that all children who take part in any kind of sport where risk of mouth injury is possible should wear a mouth guard. This includes things like skateboarding, mountain biking, trampolining (competitive and otherwise), soccer, and more.
Our Simcoe Kids Dental expert, Dr. Noah, may also recommend a custom-made mouth guard if there is evidence that your child grinds their teeth in their sleep. Grinding while sleeping can cause permanent dental damage, even at the baby tooth stage, and it is important to stop it in its tracks to ensure healthy teeth, that is actually their own, for the rest of their life!
WHAT WILL THE MOUTH GUARD DO?
At the risk of stating the obvious, a children’s sports mouth guard may just save your child from a future of gap-toothed grins – or worse, and you from potentially budget-busting expensive dental injury repairs!
More specifically, by cushioning any trauma to the mouth, a properly fitted, customized mouth guard can potentially:
- Prevent chipped, broken, or even lost teeth
- Prevent damage to expensive braces
- Protect the mouth’s soft tissues including gums, tongue, and lips
- Protect against possible nerve damage
- Absorb the shock better, redistribute the force, and minimize the severity of concussion
The Simcoe Kids Dental Difference
Generic mouth guards do exist. And while they may seem like a cheap alternative, they are not as comfortable and you can’t really put a price on your child’s mouth. A Simcoe Kids Dental custom fit kid’s mouth guard will do a far better job of protecting your child’s pearly whites and more than a basic big box store bog standard brand.
Our custom kid’s mouth guards are made to be an exact replica of the inside of your child’s mouth, the exact right size, and shape, thus protecting every tiny tooth, and into every nook and cranny of the place from where those precious ‘I love yous’ emerge! This perfect fit also means complete comfort, which means your child is more likely to actually wear their mouth guard.
More than this, at Simcoe Kids Dental, we strive to make the entire experience of making and fitting your child’s mouth guard a fun one! This is no one-size-fits-all solution: from fun colours and designs to our perfect-fit-promise, your Simcoe Kids Dental mouth guard will be one of a kind and your kid’s favourite accessory!
Bonus points: your dental insurance may cover the custom children’s sports mouth guard plus we offer direct insurance billing to make even that part of the fit perfect!
Sports Mouth Guard
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do sports mouth guards last?
Sports mouth guards can last between 3 to 5 years when correctly taken care (cleaned and stored properly). Younger children, however, may outgrow their sports mouth guard sooner.
How to clean a sports mouth guard?
To properly care for a sports mouth guard, it should be cleaned and rinsed after every use. This can be done with either dish soap and warm water or by cleaning the mouth guard with a toothbrush and a little toothpaste.
How does a sports mouth guard work?
Typically worn over the upper teeth, a sports mouth guard works to prevent injuries to your teeth and the soft tissues of the mouth by acting as a protective barrier and cushioning any oral trauma that may occur.
How much is a sports mouth guard from a dentist?
The cost of a custom fitted sports mouth guard from a dentist is generally about $100 but the custom fitting also makes the mouth guard more comfortable and more effective at preventing injuries.
Can you use a sports mouth guard for teeth grinding?
No, the design of a sports mouth guard is different and not recommended for teeth grinding. Consult with your dentist if you need a night guard for teeth grinding.
Can I wear a sports mouth guard to bed?
No, a sports mouth guard is designed for a different purpose and should not be worn while you sleep.