Mouth guards can help protect children’s teeth from knocks and falls. If your child plays sport, it’s good to try to get them “used to” wearing a mouth guard from an early age.
THERE ARE 3 TYPES OF MOUTH GUARDS
2. ‘Boil and Bite’ which you mold around your child’s teeth & jawbone at home.
3. Customised Mouth guard which are made by a dental. These provide the best protection because they are specifically fitted to your child’s teeth and jaws.
HOW TO HELP KEEP YOUR CHILD’S MOUTH GUARD STAY CLEAN AND IN GOOD SHAPE.....
- Rinse the mouthguard in soap and warm (not hot) water after each use. Allow it to air-dry
- Disinfect the mouthguard from time to time with a mouthwash
- Keep the mouthguard in a well-ventilated plastic storage box when not in use. The box should have several holes in it
- Do not leave the mouthguard in direct sunlight, in a closed car or in the car's glove box. Heat can damage it
- Make sure your mouthguard is in good condition before you use it
- Ask your dentist to inspect your mouthguard at every dental checkup
- Replace a child's mouthguard every 12-18 months, even if it appears to be in good condition. Growth and new teeth can alter the fit
- Replace an adult's mouthguard after dental treatment or tooth loss. Otherwise, it should last for several years
Your child should wear the mouth guard during training sessions & match play (and at times when there’s a risk of knocks or falls )