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Do Not Let Your Guard Down This Summer

As your child plays sports or even engages in activities this summer, do not let your guard down; your mouth guard that is! Even seemingly innocent sports can lead to serious dental injuries. By wearing a mouth guard, your child can prevent oral injuries to their teeth, cheeks, mouth, tongue and even their jaw.

What Happens When a Child Does Not Wear a Mouth Guard?

If your child does not wear a mouth guard, they may have to see our dentists in Red Deer for dental emergencies including:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Fractured crowns
  • Lip and cheek injuries
  • Root damage to the tooth
  • Fractured jaws
  • Missing teeth

Choosing the Right Dental Mouth Guards in Red Deer

Whether your child is about to jump on the family trampoline or play soccer with friends, having a proper-fitting mouth guard is important. There are three types of mouth guards you can buy:

  1. Custom - These are made by a dentist who works with children in Red Deer. While more expensive, if your child frequently plays sports, it is worth the investment.
  2. Stock - These are pre-formed and inexpensive. You can find them at a local sports store, but it is important to note that they may not fit well; and in some cases, they are quite bulky.
  3. Boil and Bite - These are purchased at sporting goods stores and offer a better feel. They are softened in boiling water then inserted into the mouth so that they can adapt to the shape of your child’s mouth.

Once you have selected a mouth guard, make sure your child wears it during any physical activity. If your child wears a retainer, make sure they remove it prior to wearing their mouth guard. You will want to make sure you take care of your child’s mouth guard, especially if you invested in a custom-fitted model. A few ways to ensure you get the most out of your mouth guard include:

  • Cleaning it regularly
  • Never leaving a mouth guard in the sun or in hot water
  • Using a container to transport the mouth guard
  • Checking for wear and tear and replacing as necessary

If your child has suffered from an oral or dental injury, contact Parkland Mall Dental Centre. We are accepting new patients and not only can we provide emergency services, but we can also help you find the right mouth guard for your active child. Call us at 403-342-1118 or fill out an online contact form to get started.