It would be silly to send your little one onto the football field or basketball court without his jerseys, so why wouldn’t you send him without his custom-made athletic mouth guard. Your child’s mouth guard should be standard part of her athletic uniform. Children’s athletic mouth guards protect delicate teeth from being knocked out or injured. Dental injury can cause teeth to discolor. In some cases, knocked out teeth cannot be reattached, which requires restorative dental work. Emergency kids’ dentist Dr. Kimmy encourages parents to prevent dental emergencies by proactively investing in a custom-made athletic mouth guard.
Dr. Kimmy takes an impression of your child’s teeth so that she can create a proper-fitting mouth guard. Unlike store-bought mouth guards, devices created by Dr. Kimmy provide optimal protection and a comfortable fit. Dr. Kimmy ensures a snug fit, which will better protect your kid’s smile from injuries.
Once you’ve made the decision to have a mouth guard created by Manhasset, NY emergency kids’ dentist Dr. Kimmy, you’ll need to know how to care for the protective device. When incorrectly cared for, an athletic mouth guard becomes a breeding ground for bacterial growth. A dirty mouth guard has been linked to exercise-induced asthma, bacterial infections, staph, and strep.
How to Clean Your Child’s Mouth Guard
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the proper way to clean an athletic mouth guard is by brushing the device with a toothbrush and toothpaste, just as you would your teeth. After brushing the mouth guard, you should rinse the device with warm, soapy water. Next Dr. Kimmy advises parents and little athletes to completely dry the mouth guard and store it in a clean, moisture-free case. The storage container should have air vents and should be cleaned on a regular basis.
If you want to go the extra mile to ensure a clean mouth guard, Dr. Kimmy can recommend an antimicrobial solution to soak the protective device in.
Keeping Your Child’s Mouth Guard Clean
Caring for your child’s athletic mouth guard requires more than regular cleaning. The mouth guard shouldn’t be chewed on. If your child frequently chews on his protective device, this can be a hard habit to break. However, chewing on the soft plastic mouth guard creates tiny holes, which accumulate harmful bacteria. After each use, inspect the mouth guard for signs of damage. If you notice any, call our office to schedule an appointment with emergency kids’ dentist Dr. Kimmy to have a replacement device created.
Store-Bought vs. Dentist Made
You might wonder why you should invest in a mouth guard made by Dr. Kimmy when you can run to almost any store and pick one up. Store-bought mouth guards aren’t custom-made to fit your child’s mouth, which means they don’t always provide the greatest level of protection. An athletic mouth guard made by our dental office is designed to match the shape of your little one’s smile.
Dr. Kimmy makes mouth guards that are more comfortable because they’re built to fit the unique shape of your kid’s mouth. This much can’t be said for store-bought products.
Still not sure you’re convinced that our mouth guards are better than store-bought products? Call 516-365-4KID, so Dr. Kimmy can answer your questions about the athletic mouth guards that she creates.Leave a reply →