Protecting Your Young Athlete’s Smile with a Sports Guard


Do you have a young athlete gearing up for an exciting season of sports and physical activities? While sports offer numerous health and social benefits, they also bring potential risks to the teeth and mouth. Investing in a mouthguard this school year can help protect your child’s smile from trauma!

Why Are Sports Guards Beneficial?

Athletes are susceptible to dental injuries when participating in sports that can involve contact with other players, equipment, or the ground. Without proper protection, a fall or collision can result in chipped or broken teeth, knocked-out teeth, and damage to the jawbone, lips, or other soft tissues.

Sports guards, also known as athletic mouthguards, act as a protective barrier around the teeth, cushioning any impact to reduce the risk of dental injuries. They are essential for children and teenagers participating in sports, particularly contact sports, to help minimize dental emergencies.

Custom-Fit Sports Guards

Over-the-counter one-size sports guards usually offer a generic fit and limited protection. Boil-and-bite mouthguards provide a slightly better fit because they can be semi-molded to the wearer’s mouth. However, children may feel disinclined to wear either of them since improperly-fitting mouthguards can feel uncomfortable and distracting.

For superior comfort and effectiveness, we highly recommend getting your child a custom-fit sports guard. A custom sports guard will allow your child to speak more clearly and breathe comfortably so they can focus on their performance, all while providing optimal protection.

Athletic Mouthguards in Indian Trail

Sports guards offer a simple yet effective solution to help prevent dental injuries for athletes. At Pleasant Plains Dental, Dr. Ernst can create a personalized sports guard specifically designed to fit your child’s teeth and mouth structure. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment for your child to get a custom sports guard!


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