Today is #NationalMouthGuardDay! As everyone has gone back to school and fall sports are about to begin, it is a perfect opportunity to remind our Greenville community the importance of wearing a mouthguard during activities, especially during orthodontic treatment!
Wearing a mouthguard ensures our teeth and overall smile is protected. During the ages of 7 to 11 years old children are most vulnerable to sports related mouth injuries. 67% of parents surveyed by the American Association of Orthodontists said their child does not wear a mouthguard, yet 70% said their biggest fear is their child getting hurt when playing sports.
Here are the three types of mouthguards you can wear, especially if you are currently in orthodontic treatment.
- Custom fitted mouth guards - these are made by your dentist and can be molded to fit your smile perfectly.
- Stock mouth guards - these types of mouth guards are performed and may be a bit bulky.
- Boil and bite mouthguards - are mouth guards that are softened by boiling water and then insert your mouth, to form to the shape of your mouth.