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Protect Your Kid’s Teeth During Sports

Posted in Mouth Guards

Baseball, Football, Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer – what do they all have in common? They are contact sports. As a parent, do you know what the most important piece of equipment is for your child to be using? It’s a mouth guard! And the reason is because that mouth guard will protect they’re precious teeth. There are several different types of mouth guard ranging from $5 to $100.

Here are the most common ones with a brief description about them in no particular order:

  • Stock – The stock mouth guard are the ones you can pick up just about anywhere. They typically come in only small, medium, or large. And they range between $5-$10. This particular guard will do the job however; you child might complain that it’s not very comfortable to wear.
  • Boil and Bite – The boil and bite guards can be found at most sport stores. These are semi-customizable because you boil them to make the plastic soft then bite into them to mold your teeth. This mouth guard can cost anywhere from $15-$30.
  • Custom – Custom mouthguards are made in the dental or orthodontist office. This is the most expensive of all mouth guards. Typically ranges from $40-$100 depending on your particular dental office. This mouth guard will fit your child absolutely perfectly and the material used is very durable. Once your child is over 15 years old a customized mouth guard will last for as long as it’s needed.

Custom mouth guards offer the best protection, greatest comfort and longest durability, but all of the different types of mouth guards offer some level of protection.   You should take into consideration how long the guard is needed and how much money you want to spend. That will help you to make a decision.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hamir Contractor, Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates


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