Mouthguards are crucial pieces of safety equipment for any child who is active in sports. Not only can they protect the teeth themselves from being broken or knocked out, but they can prevent injury to the gums and other soft tissue in the mouth. There are a few different kinds out there, and it pays to know the difference between them before you start shopping around for one for your child.
Custom-fitted mouthguards are molded by their dentist to fit your child’s teeth. They are more expensive than other types, but they also have the best fit and provide the most protection. A North Conway, NH dentist will be able to fit your child for a mouthguard that will be built to last.
Stock mouthguards are pre-formed mouthguards that can be purchased at any sporting goods store. They are inexpensive, but they aren’t molded to fit any one person. Instead, they are one-size-fits-all. They work fine if you have no other options available. Some protection is better than none at all. However, they may not fit or offer as much protection to your child as other kinds of mouthguards.
Boil-and-bite mouthguards need to be softened in boiling water before they can form around your child’s teeth. They are similar to stock mouthguards in that they are inexpensive and can be purchased from any sporting goods store, but they fit far better. They also offer more protection than the stock type.
For more information about choosing the right mouthguard for your child, contact Eastern Slope Dental today. Dr. Allan Mulandi and his North Conway dental team will be happy to address all of your questions and concerns.