Gear Up – Protect Your Child’s Teeth | Gleam Pediatric Dentistry

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Protecting Your Child’s Smile: The Importance of Mouthguards

At Gleam Pediatric Dentistry, we understand how crucial it is to protect your child’s teeth, especially if they are active in sports. Losing a tooth can impact your child’s ability to smile, eat, and talk comfortably. To prevent such issues, mouthguards are an essential tool. Here’s everything you need to know about them.

What Do Mouthguards Do?

Mouthguards serve as a protective barrier for your child’s teeth. They are designed to absorb and distribute the force of impact, reducing the risk of dental injuries. In addition to protecting teeth, mouthguards cushion the tongue, jaw, and lips from potential injuries. Typically, mouthguards focus on shielding the top row of teeth, as these are more prone to trauma.

Who Should Wear a Mouthguard?

Any child participating in sports, particularly high-contact ones, should wear a mouthguard. Sports like hockey, football, wrestling, and boxing pose significant risks for dental injuries. However, even non-contact sports such as baseball and gymnastics can benefit from the added protection of a mouthguard. Consider it an essential part of your child’s sports equipment.

Custom vs. Store-Bought Mouthguards

For optimal protection and comfort, a custom-fitted mouthguard is the best choice. While store-bought mouthguards are available, they often do not fit as well and can be uncomfortable, which might discourage your child from wearing them consistently. A well-fitted mouthguard should not impede talking or breathing. During your child’s next visit, ask us about creating a custom mouthguard that fits perfectly. If your child wears braces, we can recommend the best options to ensure their teeth remain protected during orthodontic treatment.

Protecting Your Child’s Teeth

Your child’s teeth are valuable, and protecting them is essential. Imagine how challenging it would be for your child to talk, eat, drink, or smile with a missing tooth. Young athletes face risks every time they step onto the field or gym floor. Ensure they have the right protective gear to keep their smiles safe.

If you have any questions about your child’s dental care or wish to schedule your next visit, please contact Gleam Pediatric Dentistry. We’re here to help your child maintain a healthy, gleaming smile.

Gleam Pediatric Dentistry of Marlton


Phone: 856-291-6888


270 N Elmwood Rd ste h-140

Marlton, NJ 08053