Pediatric Dental & Sports Mouth Guards

A young bot in a yellow shirt biting down on a blue mouthguard

At Novato Children's Dentistry, we are dedicated to not only treating dental issues but also preventing them.

One of the key preventive measures for children active in sports and recreational activities is the use of pediatric dental mouth guards.

Custom-fitted mouth guards are designed to protect your child's teeth, gums, jaw, and face from injury, ensuring they can play, compete, and enjoy their favorite activities with confidence.

The Importance of Mouth Guards in Pediatric Dentistry

  • Injury Prevention: A significant number of sports-related injuries involve the face and mouth. Mouth guards are crucial in preventing tooth fractures, dislocations, concussions, and soft tissue injuries.
  • Custom Fit: Unlike over-the-counter options, custom-fitted mouth guards are specifically designed for your child's mouth. This ensures maximum protection, comfort, and durability, without hindering their ability to breathe or speak.
  • For All Activities: Whether your child is involved in contact sports like football and hockey or non-contact activities that still pose a risk of falls and impacts, such as gymnastics and skateboarding, a mouth guard is an essential piece of protective gear.

Exercise Mouth Guards

When a child begins to participate in recreational activities and organized sports, injuries can occur. A properly fitted mouth guard, or mouth protector, is an important piece of athletic gear that can help protect your child’s teeth, jaws, joints, and brain health. 

Mouth guards should be used during any activity that could result in a blow to the face or mouth including, but not limited to: basketball, baseball, hockey, mountain biking, football. Mouth guards help prevent broken teeth, and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. They have also been shown to prevent or reduce severity of concussions. 

A properly fitted mouth guard will stay in place while your child is wearing it, making it easy for them to talk and breathe. Ask your pediatric dentist about custom and store-bought mouth protectors.

Night Guard for Bruxism: Teeth Grinding and Clenching

Teeth grinding and clenching, also known as Bruxism, is pretty common and can be painful and destructive to teeth. Luckily, there are plenty of night guards for Bruxism on the market that can help anyone who clenches and grinds their teeth while sleeping.

Occasional teeth grinding may not cause any real concerns, but long-term, consistent Bruxism can lead to broken teeth, loss of tooth enamel, gingival recession, and in severe cases, loss of teeth.

Luckily, most cases of Bruxism can easily be treated by wearing a night guard while you sleep.

Talk to Dr. Espinosa or Dr. DeSimini if you feel that your child may be grinding his/her teeth at night.

Process for Creating Custom-Fitted Mouth Guards

  1. Consultation: A thorough consultation to understand your child's specific needs based on their activities and dental history.
  2. Impression: A detailed impression of your child's teeth is taken to create a mouth guard that fits precisely, offering optimal protection.
  3. Fitting: Once the mouth guard is fabricated, to ensure a perfect fit, necessary adjustments are made for comfort and security.
  4. Education: Guidance is provided on how to care for the mouth guard, including cleaning and storage, to maintain its condition and effectiveness.

Why Consult with us for Your Child's Mouth Guard Need? 

  • Expertise in Pediatric Dentistry: Our team specializes in dental solutions for children, understanding the unique aspects of their oral health and development.
  • High-Quality Materials: We recommend only the best materials in the market to ensure the mouth guard is durable and provides the highest level of protection.
  • Personalized Care: We believe in a personalized approach, tailoring each mouth guard to the specific needs and activities of your child for maximum protection and comfort.
  • Commitment to Safety: Our priority is your child's safety. A well-fitted mouth guard is a critical component in preventing sports-related dental injuries.

Schedule a Consultation

Don't let the fear of dental injuries hold your child back from enjoying the sports and activities they love. Contact Novato Children's Dentistry today to schedule a consultation for a custom-fitted pediatric dental mouth guard. Together, we can keep your child's smile safe and healthy.