Playing on a sports team is a staple of any childhood from playing little league baseball to playing college football. Regardless of the sport, players will benefit from wearing the proper protection such as shin guards, shoulder pads, helmets, cleats and mouth guards. While most sports go over the necessary gear that the child will need to wear to each game, they may not require mouth guards. With that in mind, mouth guards can be the deciding factor that saves a child’s teeth.
Risks of Store-Bought Mouth Guards
While many parents will invest in a store-bought mouth guard, they may not realize the risk. With store-bought mouth guards, the mouth guard will not be a perfect fit for the child’s teeth. Due to the improper fit, a child will face a greater risk of damaging his or her teeth during the sport or game. A professional mouth guard will be a perfect fit to the child’s teeth that will not run the risk of falling out during the game.
Several reasons why a professional mouth guard will be much better than a store-bought brand over the counter include:
- Less of a chance for the mouth guard falling out on a regular basis
- The mouth guard will be a comfortable fit for the child
- Better and more efficient protection for the teeth
- Made with a more durable yet still completely harmless material
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The Mouth Guard Process
The process for a mouth guard is harmless and does not normally take more than two appointments. During the first appointment, we will take a mold of the child’s mouth and images as well. Next, we will send the measurements and mold to a dental lab where they will custom-make the mouth guard. The child will return to our office once the mouth guard is complete. We will see if the mouth guard fits and make any necessary adjustments. After the appointment, the child will have the necessary protection to help keep his or her teeth safe during physical activities.
If you are interested in getting a properly fitted mouth guard for your child, then give us a call at (703) 827-9250 and schedule an appointment today.
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Definition of Family Dental Terminology
Injection-Molded MouthguardsInjection-Molded Mouth guards help to create a much more specific fit with a type of molding material that fills available space instead of requiring a patient to boil the mouth guard in hot water. Laminated Pressure-Formed MouthguardsLaminated pressure-formed mouth guards requires a process that involves applying high heat and pressure to form a mouth guard that meets the needs of the patient. Mandible Fracture A mandible fracture is a fracture in the lower jaw that breaks through the mandibular bone and is normally a result of trauma. Oral TraumaOral trauma is any form of trauma or force that results in an injury of the mouth or teeth. Oral trauma can occur after an accident, injury or disease. Occlusion Occlusion describes the mandibular and maxillary rows of teeth meeting when the patient bites down. If a patient does not have a healthy bite, they are struggling with malocclusion. Overjet An overjet is a bite orientation that results from the maxillary central incisors (top center teeth) protruding over the mandibular central incisors (bottom front teeth); this may also be known as “buck teeth” by patients. Storage Modulus The storage modulus is the temperature at which we can store certain elastic materials in dental composite resins. Vacuum Formed Mouth guard A vacuum formed mouth guard involves customizing the mouth guard to match a mold of the individual patient’s teeth for a perfect fit.