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If you’re a parent or looking to become one, you must have heard of mouth guards. But there is a long list of questions that continue to pop up in your mind especially if your child is starting to get involved with sports. Just what is the best mouth guard for kids? Almost every sport has its risks, but few are as dangerous and misunderstood. As those related to mouth guards (also called “mouth protectors” or “mouth guards”). So let’s talk about the types of mouthguards and what to look for when you’re buying one for your child.

What are Mouthguards and what are Mouthguards for? A mouthguard is a device worn to protect your teeth, gums, and lips from injury. There are three types of mouthguards: the premade store-bought kind, the “boil-and-bite” fitted type, and one made by your dentist.

Store-bought mouthguards are available at most sporting goods stores. They are inexpensive but do not offer many sizing options. Some people may find that they fit well when they first try them on. But then feel loose or uncomfortable after wearing them for some time. Some people cannot wear these mouthguards because of how their teeth and jawline fit together. How to tell if a store-bought guard will fit: Take the guard out of its packaging. Place it in your hand with the curved side facing out, and with your thumb placed on top of your front teeth. If any part of the guard extends past your thumb past your front teeth, then this guard will not work for you.

A “boil-and-bite” mouthguard is made from a molding material that hardens when put in boiling water and cooled in cold water. The “boil-and-bite” mouthguard take longer to make than premade store-bought guards. They can be molded to fit so it offers greater comfort and protection.

We just talked about two of the most common types of mouthguards—the over-the-counter and the “boil-and-bite” fitted type. The last type is the one your dentist makes for you. That’s a custom-fitted mouthguard that only your dentist can make for you because it has to be super precise. They do take longer to get, but they fit really well. They’re shaped to fit your mouth perfectly and they’re super comfortable.

So what’s the best kids mouthguard to get?

The best kids’ mouthguard is the one that fits their mouth and needs. Do some research, find a dentist that can help you make a mouthguard, and protect yourself from serious dental injuries! Visit SAIR Dental Group to check your child. Where our specialists will examine you and give the best fitting mouthguard your child needs! We have some of the finest medical experts in the industry and are good at their work. Call us at 832.924.2666 to book your appointment now.

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