Pediatric Mouthguards in Tyler, TX
Mouthguards are incredibly effective at protecting teeth from dental trauma, and they can be worth their weight in gold when it comes to avoiding injuries and costly dental work. Whether your child has bruxism or they are regularly involved in athletic activities, our team would love to help! Contact our office today to learn more about our mouthguard services or schedule your child’s next appointment.
How do I know if my child needs a mouthguard?
If your child plays a sport like football, soccer, or lacrosse, chances are a custom athletic mouthguard will be a great investment that will protect their teeth and help prevent invasive restorative dental services from becoming necessary. When it comes to nightguards, it can be trickier to tell when they are necessary. If your child wakes up with jaw pain or you hear them grinding their teeth at night, they may benefit from a custom night guard. Our team can also assess their teeth and gums for signs of nightly teeth grinding.
What are the benefits of custom mouthguards?
Athletic mouthguards and nightguards are available over-the-counter, but they are often one-size-fits-all. Some mouthguard companies allow patients to take impressions at home and send them off to have a custom mouthguard created, but this can be tricky to do effectively, especially with kids. Our team can take quick impressions of your child’s smile and have a durable mouthguard made just for them. The precise custom fit will make the mouthguard comfortable to wear for many hours at a time, increasing the odds that they will wear it.
At what age can a child begin wearing mouthguards?
If your child is old enough to participate in aggressive contact sports, they are definitely old enough to wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth. Some parents are concerned that their child may be too young to wear a custom nightguard. However, if your child has chronic bruxism, a reliable mouthguard can prevent irreversible damage from occurring to their teeth. We can assess the severity of their teeth grinding in relation to how old they are to help you determine whether or not a custom mouthguard is a worthwhile investment.