We love that our youngest patients are active, aggressive and fun to watch. In the same breath, that is why the importance of mouthguards cannot be overstated. Regardless of the nature of the individual sport, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry strongly recommends mouthguards. Some sport governing organizations are even making requirements across the board. Athletic mouthguards are designed to absorb and distribute the forces of impact, minimizing traumatic injury to both the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. Mouthguards help to cushion a blow to the face, reducing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. They typically cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect even the soft tissues in your mouth, like the tongue, lips and cheek lining. Mouthguards preserve both the aesthetic look and physical health of a smile for a low cost.
Effectiveness and comfortability of mouthguards tend to vary based upon the type purchased. You can find a one size fits all make at a drugstore, a boil and bite pliable style at sporting goods stores, or a completely customizable style created by Dr. Auslander. These are crafted through full mouth impressions and are especially necessary for our braces-wearing patients. To our young athletes: You wear equipment all over your body; don’t forget about your teeth! It’s fact; an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to teeth when not wearing a mouthguard. We want you to be a superstar on the field, without worrying about your superstar smile.