How Mouthguards Can Help Protect Your Child’s Smile

Prevention can make a big difference for your child’s teeth and gums — and so can protection, the kind of protection that mouthguards can provide.

Whether it’s a mouthguard, sports guard, or a night guard, helping your child protect their teeth matters not only now, but as they get older as well. And they can help protect against two common dental problems: teeth grinding, and sports-related injuries.

Mouthguards for Sports

Mouthguards can also help protect kids involved in activities such as lacrosse, football, baseball, soccer, basketball, skateboarding, and other sports.

Of course, we all want our kids to be healthy and active. Yet sometimes even just a minor accident can pose major problems for teeth and gums and the jaw. Fortunately, a mouthguard can go a long way to minimize risks and help protect your child from suffering a cracked or chipped tooth, or losing a tooth altogether.

Night Guards for Teeth Grinding

Is that a frog? A cricket? The coffee grinder?

Many parents have been startled by the dreaded sound of their child grinding their teeth while sleeping. According to the American Dental Association, teeth grinding (or bruxism,as it is more technically known) can be caused by mouth irritations, allergies, ear infections, or misaligned teeth, which may or may not be visible beneath the gum line

Whatever the cause, many parents believe teeth grinding is just a “phase” that children will “grow out of,” and won’t have any long-term effects since “it’s just baby teeth” — however, that’s not always the case.

While teeth grinding among small children may not require substantial treatment, a mouthguard can help relieve the symptoms and protect against potential long-term effects of teeth grinding (especially if any of the “adult teeth” have grown in).

Mouthguards: The Protection They Need – In the Style They Want

Dentist Dr. Carangelo understands that some kids may be hesitant about wearing a mouthguard, whether while sleeping or playing sports. That’s why Dr. Carangelo offers custom-fit mouthguards in a variety of colors and patterns – so kids can choose the style they want and have fun with the process.

Getting a Comfortable, Custom-Fit Mouthguard Is Easy

And let’s face it, beyond looks, if it’s not comfortable, kids aren’t going to wear it. That’s why Dr. Carangelo provides comfortably fitting, custom mouthguards (which can be far more comfortable and effective than store-bought mouthguards).

The process of getting a comfortable, custom mouth guard is easy. First, Dr. Carangelo and the staff at BayRidge Dental will examine your child’s teeth. Then, they’ll find the best kind of mouthguard for your child’s needs, whether for sleeping, sports, or anything else. After taking impressions, your child picks the colors and patterns they like most. Dr. Carangelo will then fabricate and customize the mouthguard for a precise, comfortable fit. It really is that simple to get the protection they need, in a style they want, with a comfortable, custom fit.

To learn more about mouthguards, for protection against teeth grinding or sports-related injuries, contact Dr. Carangelo and the staff at BayRidge Dental, located in Webster, NY, serving the greater Rochester area.