Mouth Guards

Mouth Guards in Northeast Philadelphia, PA

At Mayfair Family Dentistry located on Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia, PA, we are committed to providing you and your family with the high-quality dental services that you deserve. One thing that we specialize in is mouth guards. If you have children that participate in sports, you may want to consider getting them fit for mouth guards.

Do I Need a Mouth Guard?

Mouth guards are necessary for protecting the mouth during many sports. Football is the obvious one, but mouth guards are also recommended to those who participate in hockey, basketball, racquetball, squash, wrestling, soccer, volleyball, karate, and skateboarding. Pretty much every sport could be made significantly safer by using a mouth guard. If your child has braces and participates in sports, it is especially important that they wear a mouth guard.

What Do Mouth Guards Do?

Mouth guards are used to protect your entire head. It is a common misconception that mouth guards are used only to protect your teeth, but that is not the case, although protecting your teeth is very important. Mouth guards are used to distribute force evenly throughout the head. This can provide protection against concussions or other serious injuries when someone has received a strong blow to the head. Mouth guards also aid in protecting your tongue and cheeks from being bitten or cut by the teeth when a blow to the head occurs.

Are All Mouth Guards the Same?

No, there are three different types of mouth guards. You can purchase pre-made mouth guards, which are cheaper but provide the lowest level of protection. “Boil-and-bite” fitted mouth guards are the next best option. Then, the best option is a custom-made mouth guard. When choosing a mouth guard, it is important that you choose one that is resistant to tearing, well-fitting, and easy to clean. Make sure that your child can still breathe easily with it in.

At Mayfair Family Dentistry, we want to provide your children with the best care possible and would be happy to answer any questions that you may have about mouth guards.

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