Protect your child’s teeth when they go back to school

The Autumn school term means a new set of seasonal sports are on the curriculum, and some of these are contact sports such as rugby for boys and hockey for girls.

Both of the these sports can pose dangers to your child’s teeth, so investing in a sports mouthguard for your child is an absolute must. It’s worth remember that a child is 55% more likely to suffer a significant tooth-related sports injury if they fail to wear an orthodontic mouthguard during contact sports. 

Orthodontic mouthguard vs over-the-counter 

The principal difference between orthodontic and shop-bought mouthguard is that the former is custom-created and the latter is not. This makes a huge difference to the level of protection they can offer. A one-size-fits all mouthguard leaves gaps when it is put over the teeth which means that if contact is made, this space will allow the teeth to shift, rendering them susceptible to injury. A custom mouthguard hold the teeth in place when any contact is made, offering better protection – the materials used are also more effective and less prone to changing shape as result of temperature – a common trait with over-the-counter guards. Orthodontic mouthguards are also more long lasting than over-the-counter versions – an investment into your child’s dental wellbeing. 

How are the mouthguards created? 

You and your child will be asked to attend an initial consultation where you can talk about the benefits of getting an orthodontic mouthguard if you are unsure. Once you have decided to go ahead, we will take impressions of your child’s teeth in order for the mouthguard to be made up to the exact shape and size of your child’s mouth and teeth. This will be sent away in order for the mouthguard to be made up. 

Looking after your child’s mouthguard 

  • Avoid exposing the mouthguard to high temperatures as this may cause it to undergo a change of shape and therefore the protection it can offer is compromised. As mentioned above, shop-bought mouthguards are more prone to this. 
  • Clean the mouthguard after each use.
  • Stow away in a case so that it does not collect debris. 

If you would like more information about the treatments we offer here at Cliftonville, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

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