Mouthguards for Kids


Mouthguards at Sylvan Heights Dental Playing sports, whether for a school team, a community team, or just for fun, is a great way for your child to be active, get involved, and burn off some energy. Some sports, however, have a higher risk of injuries than others. For this reason, wearing the proper protective gear is essential. Sylvan Heights Dental can help your child to protect their mouth with a mouthguard.

What is a Mouthguard?


A mouthguard is an oral appliance that is worn in the mouth to protect while your child plays sports. It fits over their top teeth, protecting them against physical damage, displacement, and avulsion. In addition to keeping the teeth safe, a mouthguard also helps to protect the soft tissues in the mouth as well as the jawbone. The mouthguard works to cushion any impacts to the face that your child might face while playing, preventing serious damage from occurring.

Options for Mouthguards


There are a few different types of mouthguards available.
•  Stock. Stock mouthguards are widely available and can be found at just about any sporting goods store. They are one of the most affordable options. However, they are pre-molded. This means that they may not properly fit in the mouth. When a mouthguard does not fit properly, it can interfere with breathing and increase the risk of injuries.
•  Boil and bite. A boil and bite mouthguard is another widely available option. These mouthguards are made from a special material that softens when boiled, allowing your child to create a semi-custom fit when they bite into it.
•  Custom. A custom mouthguard is made from impressions that we take in our office. These impressions allow us to create a mouthguard that will fit your child perfectly. Our mouthguards are also made from the highest quality materials. While custom mouthguards cost more than ones that you can find in a sporting goods store, you can rest assured that this mouthguard will provide your child with the best possible protection.

Mouthguard Benefits


A mouthguard provides your child with many benefits. These include:
•  Preventing tooth damage, displacement, and avulsion.
•  Protecting soft tissues from lacerations and other injuries.
•  Preventing jaw fractures.
•  Reducing the risk of concussion.
•  Money savings. Preventing serious harm will help to save money by preventing the need for expensive dental care.

Caring for a Mouthguard


For the mouthguard to provide your child with the best protection, it is important that it be well taken care of. The mouthguard should be rinsed before and after each use. It should also periodically be cleaned with soap and water or brushed with toothpaste. When your child is not using their mouthguard, it is important that they keep is stored in a protective case in a safe location.

Make sure that they do not leave it in the car, exposed to heat, or exposed to direct sunlight. Heat and light can warp the material, greatly reducing its effectiveness. Help your child to examine their mouthguard from time to time to look for signs of wear and other damage. If the mouthguard is damaged, it will not provide optimal protection, and needs to be replaced.

With a mouthguard, your child can protect their mouth from potentially serious dental injuries while they enjoy the sports they love. For more information about mouthguards, and to schedule an appointment for a custom mouthguard for your child, call Sylvan Heights Dental at (503) 388-5882.

Office Location

5440 SW Westgate Drive Suite 165
Portland, OR 97221

Opening Hours

Mon - Thurs: 8am - 5pm
Fri -Sun: CLOSED

Phone

(503) 388-5882

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