Mouth guards, also known as sports guards or athletic mouth protectors, are crucial pieces of equipment for any child participating in a contact sport. Mouth guards protect the entire oral region from traumatic injury, preserving both the esthetic appearance and the health of the smile. In addition, mouth guards are sometimes used to prevent tooth damage in children who grind (brux) their teeth at night.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) in particular, advocates for the use of dental mouth guards during any sporting or recreational activity.
Mouth guards reduce the prevalence of the following injuries:
- Cheek lesions
- Gum and soft tissue injuries
- Lip lesions
- Tongue lesions
- Tooth fractures
Consider providing your child a custom fit mouthguard from your dentist.