Dr. Marianna Kovitch from Atlanta Smiles & Wellness answers a reader’s question about children wearing mouthing guards while playing sports.
Q: Why should my child wear a mouth guard while playing sports, and which is the best one?
A: A mouth guard is a flexible appliance worn while playing sports to prevent injuries such as a split lip, broken teeth and jaw fractures. There are several types of mouth guards, including ones you can get at a drug store, ones that you can “boil and bite” to conform more to your child’s mouth and custom-fitted guards made by your dentist. A custom mouth guard is the best option when it comes to injury prevention as it fits tightly around the teeth, keeping everything in place during impact. A custom mouth guard is also the most comfortable option as it is molded to your child’s teeth, cheeks and lips.