You would never allow your kids to play a contact sport without a helmet and padding, right? But unfortunately, mouth and facial injuries are the most common type of injury in sports.

Importance of Sports Mouth Guards

Mouth guards are required for participation in only four academic sports: football, lacrosse, ice hockey and field hockey. Yet, baseball and basketball yield the highest number of traumatic dental injuries. The ADA recommends that a mouth guard should always be worn while biking, skateboarding, wrestling, playing soccer and volleyball in addition to academic sports. Over 200,000 sports injuries can be avoided annually with mouth guards.

Types of Mouth Guards

The most effective mouth guard is one your child wears during every practice and at games. Several types of sports mouth guards are available:

  • Drugstore Mouth Guard: Available over the counter at any drug store or sporting goods shop, this type of gear comes in one-size-fits-most varieties. The least costly options offer little mouth protection but are likely better than not wearing anything.
  • Boil and Bite Mouth Guard: This piece is a moldable design that is first placed in hot water, then placed in the mouth and formed using tongue and bite pressure, and fingers. When properly made to fit well, this mouth guard typically offers more protection than a pre-made over-the-counter variety.
  • Custom-Made Mouth Guard: An individualized custom fitted sports mouth guard is the highest quality of all three choices. This mouth guard is made to fit only your child’s mouth for superior comfort and maximum protection and is typically only offered in dental offices.

Buying the best sports equipment for active kids can get quite costly, but it makes the most sense to invest in the tried and true protection of a professional, custom-made mouth guard. Book a consultation with our Taylor or West Bloomfield, MI office today for your child to receive their very own custom sports mouth guard!

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Dr. Jason Golnick

Dr. Jason Golnick

DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery)

Dr. Jason M. Golnick received his DDS degree and his MS degree in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Michigan. He is a C.S. Mott Fellow in Pediatric Dentistry and has served as a adjunct clinical professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry. Dr. Jason Golnick is an active staff member of Oakwood Hospital and the Detroit Medical Center / Childrens Hospital of Michigan,

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