Does your child take part in contact sports? Studies have shown that between 13% and 39% of all dental injuries are sports related and the fact that contact sports have become increasingly popular means there are more traumatic dental injuries than in the past.
Examples of sports that warrant a mouthguard:
- American football
- Martial arts
It is likely that your child will have some or even all of these sports on the curriculum in their PE lessons in school and if your child is involved in contact sports at club level, they may be competing in one of the many summer leagues around the country during the months of June, July, and August. Ensure your child has the best level of protection by investing in a custom mouthguard – read on to find out more about their efficacy and how they work.
What is the difference between custom-made mouthguards and over-the-counter mouthguards?
Whilst over-the-counter mouthguards take a ‘one-size fits-all’ approach, custom-created types are made from accurate impressions of your teeth, taken by your orthodontist here at Keppel Dentistry.
Shop-bought mouthguards, also known as ‘boil and bite’ versions, do not offer anywhere near the same level of protection as their custom counterparts. In order for a mouthguard to offer the best possible protection, it needs to be a perfect fit for your child’s tooth structure. Whereas boil-and-bite mouthguards are made from pre-formed EVA, orthodontic mouthguards are created from pEVA, a pliable and impact-absorbing material, which unlike EVA, maintains its shape during and after any impact. It works by redistributing the force of impact, dissipating the energy without causing injury.
More about how custom-made mouthguards are made….
We will take impressions of your child’s teeth that will be used as a foundation for the design of the mouthguard. The mouthguard is then created from high-quality pEVA and made to fit the intricate contours and curves of your child’s mouth, resulting in the highest level of protection. Mouthguards come in a variety of different colours, which can be a good incentive for younger children who are reticent to wear one.
Custom-made mouthguards that are designed by dentists remain the best type of protection for your child’s teeth, taking their individual needs into account.
If you would like more information about sports mouthguards for your child at please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team here in Sutton.