Most Canadians are aware of the danger to their children’s teeth posed by our national sport. Hockey, of course, isn’t the only contact activity our kids engage in. Mouth guards are as an important piece of equipment as helmets or shin guards. They fit snugly over the upper teeth to protect the entire oral region from injury and are also used to prevent tooth damage in children who grind their teeth.

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Mouth guards come in three standard types: stock mouth guards, boil-and-bite mouth guards or customized mouth guards. Your budget and the frequency and type of activity your child plays will help you determine which of the three categories of guard to purchase. Some considerations:

  • Stock mouth guards: they’re inexpensive, bought off the shelf and one size fits all, but they are not adjustable; they’re uncomfortable and provide the lowest level of protection.
  • Boil-and-bite mouth guards: made from thermoplastic and widely available, these guards are immersed in hot water to make them pliable then pressed on your child’s teeth to create a custom mold; slightly more expensive than stock guards, they offer greater protection, comfort, and ease of speech and breathing.
  • Customized mouth guards: your Able dentist creates this type of mouth guard to afford your child maximum protection; your dentist will make an impression of your child’s teeth using a special material; the mouth guard is constructed over the mold; customized guards are more comfortable and orthodontically correct.

Mouth Guards Help Prevent

  • Cheek and lip lesions
  • Gum injuries
  • Jaw fractures
  • Neck injuries
  • Tongue lesions
  • Tooth fractures

Professional dental mouth guards are designed to help prevent damage to the teeth and soft tissue of the mouth and jaw. Your Able dentist can help you decide which mouth guard is appropriate for your child.

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