Yummy Dental's Mouthguards for Children
Offering Added Protection To Children Across Greater Chicago
Here at Yummy Dental & Orthodontics for Kids, we believe that it is important for children and adults to lead healthy and active lifestyles. Participating in sports both organized and not is a great habit to get into. We also believe that children and adults should be safe when playing sports. This is why, as part of our pediatric dentistry in Glenview/Chicago, we offer mouthguards for children.
Part of the Proper Equipment
There are many different types of equipment required for various sports. In soccer it is important to wear shin guards. In baseball, batters and catchers wear helmets. In football, helmets and padding are worn to protect heads and bodies. Mouthguards should also be considered part of proper equipment, especially for contact sports. The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation predicted that three million teeth would be lost while playing in sports in the year 2012. Sports-related dental injuries encompass approximately 25 percent of dental injuries in children, usually involving the front top teeth.
Types of Mouthguards
Any mouthguard that a child wears is likely to be useful, but it’s also important to understand the different types available to choose from.
- Off-the-Shelf: These types of mouthguards come pre-molded and can usually be found in a variety of sizes. They are the most affordable option and offer minimal protection, although some protection is better than none. These types of guards are usually held in place by clenching the teeth together, which is sometimes uncomfortable and difficult to do. They also tend to make breathing and speaking a bit more challenging than other types.
- Boil-and-Bite: This type of mouthguard is designed to mold to a person’s mouth after it has been boiled in water for a certain amount of time. This allows the user to customize the fit of the guard to his or her teeth. This type of guard tends to offer more protection than the standard off-the-shelf variety, although some people may still find them to be somewhat uncomfortable. They also may not offer full coverage for all teeth.
- Custom: In this case, the most expensive option also offers the most protection and comfort. We can make a custom mouthguard for your child that is fitted to his or her mouth. The guard is made from a model we take of the teeth. It consists of high-quality material that is comfortable and offers maximum protection. Although it may cost more than off-the-shelf types, it’s still quite affordable and a worthy investment.
No matter which type you choose to get for your child, it is important to remember that mouthguards only work if they are actually used. The best choice is going to be whichever guard your child will actually wear while playing sports.
Are Mouthguards Really Necessary?
Just like any other piece of sports equipment, mouthguards are typically an investment. They are not necessarily required for every sport. In fact, only football, ice hockey, field hockey, and lacrosse require players to wear mouthguards. However, players are 15 times more likely to encounter a mouth injury in basketball than football. Sports-related injuries can also result in missing school or missing work, in addition to the cost of repairs. Treating a missing permanent tooth, for example, can cost up to $20,000 over a lifetime. Although mouthguards may not necessarily be required for every sport, they are often a wise investment that can save you and your child from potential pain and financial stress.
Schedule a Consultation Today
The professionals at Yummy Dental are happy to help you find answers to any of your questions. Contact us today by calling 773-281-8100 for our Chicago office or 847-729-4700 for Glenview. Let’s get started on creating a mouthguard for your child today.