Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentists located in The Woodlands, TX & Spring, TX

Active children are at increased risk for tooth injuries and long-term dental health complications. To protect the oral health of kids, Scott A. Andersen, DDS, and Tab R. Imdacha, DDS, offer durable, protective mouthguards at Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry, with offices in The Woodlands and Spring, Texas. Learn more about the benefits of mouthguards for sports and other activities by calling today or booking a consultation online.

Mouthguard Q & A

What is a mouthguard?

A mouthguard is made of durable, dental-safe materials that fit over your child’s teeth and gums to protect them from direct injury. The device holds teeth in place but lets your child breathe properly.

When used correctly, a mouthguard can prevent serious injuries such as:

  • Jaw fractures
  • Broken teeth
  • Lost teeth
  • Soft tissue injuries in the gums

A mouthguard also ensures your child doesn’t suffer additional injuries to their lips or cheeks from unintentional bites.

When does my child need a mouthguard?

Dr. Andersen and Dr. Imdacha recommend children use a mouthguard when they participate in high-impact sports or sports played on hard surfaces. They recommend the appropriate type of mouthguard for a variety of sports, such as:

  • Wrestling
  • Soccer
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Martial arts

Kids can also benefit from wearing a protective mouthguard when riding a bike or a skateboard.

Many organized sports organizations require the use of mouthguards during play. However, even if it’s not part of the rules, you should still encourage the regular use of a mouthguard during your child’s activities to prevent serious injuries or tooth loss.

How do I care for my child’s mouthguard?

It’s a good idea to work with your child, teaching them how to care for their mouthguard to ensure it’s properly cleaned and kept in a safe place.

Maintaining a mouthguard is relatively easy. You can rinse it with water after each wearing and use a soft toothbrush and a small amount of paste to remove food particles and bacteria.

Keep the mouthguard in its case when not in use and avoid storing it in direct sunlight or extreme temperatures that can damage the integrity of the material.

Dr. Andersen and Dr. Imdacha can routinely evaluate the condition of the mouthguard to make sure it remains in good condition and capable of protecting your child’s teeth. They may also recommend replacing a mouthguard as needed due to the growth of your child’s teeth.

If you’re interested in learning more about a mouthguard for your active child, schedule a consultation at Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry online or by calling the office nearest you today.