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With school starting soon, your son or daughter may have already started fall sports. Most sports require some form of safety equipment. If you son or daughter is involved in football, soccer, hockey, or lacrosse, a mouthguard is a necessary part of his or her equipment. However, you should consider a mouthguard for your child if they are involved in any sport where a collision or some sort of oral trauma is possible. If your child wears braces, a mouthguard will protect his or her teeth and appliance.

There are three kinds of mouthguards: stock, boil and bite, and custom-made. Stock mouthguards are available in sporting-goods stores, drug stores and other retail outlets. They can be worn as soon as they are purchased. However they may not fit very well. Boil and bite mouthguards can also be found in stores and they will fit your mouth somewhat better and offer more protection than stock guards. Finally, for the best fit and maximum protection you should talk to your dentist about a custom-made mouthguard A custom mouthguard is made by your dentist from an impression of your child’s teeth and will cover all of his or her teeth.

In some sports, a mouthguard is mandatory. However, even if one is not mandatory for your child’s sport, you should speak with your dentist and follow his recommendation. If you need a mouthguard for your child for this sports season, or if you have other dental needs for yourself and your family, our dentist, Dr. Michael J Leahy would love to see you. If you live in the Columbus, Ohio, area, you can make an appointment at Michael J Leahy DDS by calling 614-848-4900. We look forward to seeing you soon.