The Secret to Getting Kids to Wear Their Mouth Guards


Although mouth guards may only be required for a handful of sports, the American Dental Association recommends that participants in 29 different sports wear one. Yet despite the recommendation, studies show that 7 out of 10 kids do not wear a sports mouth guard even though their sports require them. When players were asked why they weren’t wearing their mouth guards, they responded by saying, “They’re uncomfortable.”

How can you encourage your child to wear a mouth guard? The secret is proper fit. When a mouth guard fits right, it’s more comfortable to wear, and athletes are more likely to wear them for both practice and in competition.

Several types of mouth guards are available. Stock guards cannot be customized to the wearer’s mouth and may feel uncomfortable. “Boil and fit” guards enable the plastic to be softened in hot water and molded to the teeth. These may fit slightly better, but the best kind of mouth guard is a custom mouth guard. These are molded specifically for an individual and fit the best out of any types available.

To have a custom mouth guard made for your child, make an appointment with Bassett Creek Dental. Our family dentists can recommend the right mouth guard and ensure it fits properly for both maximum comfort and optimal protection.

The Center for Disease Control estimates that 600,000 emergency room visits occur each year due to sports-related dental injuries. Avoid adding to those statistics by wearing a mouth guard or insisting that your child wears a mouth guard during participation in sports.

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