Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry

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A mouthguard is an effective tool to prevent your child’s milky whites from accidents while they indulge in sports and other active pastimes. It fits over the upper teeth and shields your child’s teeth from any injury to the face.

At Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry we offer customized mouthguards for your child to optimize comfort. Mouthguards provide protection while enabling your child to breathe and speak normally.

Types Of Mouthguards

You can either opt for over-the-counter mouthguards or custom-fit mouthguards. Over-the-counter mouthguards, also known as boil and bite mouthguards, are soaked in hot water to mold to your teeth. They provide a lower level of protection and comfort as compared to custom-fit mouthguards.

Custom-fit mouthguards are crafted by professionals to exactly fit the wearer’s mouth. They are more robust, can absorb shocks quicker, and last longer. Unlike over-the-counter mouthguards, customized mouthguards do not restrict speech.

Why Your Child May Need A Mouthguard

Dental injuries are one of the most common types of orofacial injuries in children. These injuries may result in permanent damage to oral structures which may need medical intervention. Several of these injuries can be prevented using a mouthguard.

While playing sports, your child may experience an accidental blow to the face that could cut short their activity. A customized dental guard fits the teeth and gums properly to prevent injury. Moreover, they are comfortable, easy to clean, and tear-resistant.

Mouthguards are highly recommended if your children participate in contact sports often. Mouthguards cost considerably less than getting broken teeth repaired and other emergency dental services. They provide complete care and protection as compared to items you may find in a sports goods store.

Mouthguards that you find in stores may not be comfortable enough for your child, which may cause them to avoid mouthguards altogether. For a customized mouthguard from a pediatric dentist, schedule an appointment with us at Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry by calling us at 406-587-2327 today.