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Parents in Mississauga ask, “What is a mouthguard?”

Girl using a mouthguard

As a parent, you probably find your child’s smile to be one of the most beautiful sights in the world. You want your little one to show inner radiance with comfort and confidence. That means taking steps to ensure that teeth and soft tissues stay healthy. You start a brushing routine early, teach proper flossing techniques, serve nutritious meals, and take your child to Dentistry on 10 in Mississauga for regular cleanings and checkups. But there’s one thing you might be overlooking – a mouthguard.

What is a mouthguard?

A mouthguard, sometimes called a sports guard or mouth protector, is a plastic device molded to fit over the upper arch of teeth. Its purpose is to reduce risk of injuries to teeth, tongue, lips, and cheeks from impact to the face or head. A mouthguard protects teeth from chips, breakage, nerve damage, and being knocked out. A lower mouthguard provides additional protection for orthodontics. There is also some evidence that a mouthguard can reduce risk of concussion.

When is a mouthguard needed?

A mouthguard is recommended for any activity where there is a chance of impact to the face or head. That includes an elbow on the basketball court, a soccer ball to the face, a tackle on the football field, or simply a fall from a bicycle, horse, or in the play yard.

When a mouthguard fits correctly, it doesn’t impede breathing or speech, and it is comfortable. Your child won’t resist wearing it. A good mouthguard is also durable and easy to clean.

Mouthguards may be purchased at most sporting goods stores, but your child’s mouth is unique. There is little chance that one of the standard sizes will fit well enough to provide adequate protection and comfort. A “boil and bite” guard allows a little customization, but they still usually come in just a few sizes.

For optimal safety and wearability, talk with Dr. Rina Kotecha about a custom-fit mouthguard. She takes impressions of your child’s mouth and creates a mouthguard that your little one will actually wear. It’s a simple step, but it can help your child enjoy a lifetime of healthy, natural teeth.

You can benefit from a mouthguard, too!

Orofacial protection isn’t just kid’s stuff! Do you participate in contact sports or other grown up activities that put your mouth at risk? Dr. Rina can create a mouthguard for you, too!

Call (905) 455-9262 to learn more about this important facet of dental wellness.

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