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Mouthguards in Laredo, TX

Does your little one play sports? If so, an athletic mouthguard is another must-have piece of equipment in order to protect their smile. With a mouthguard in place, your child’s teeth can be safeguarded from unexpected dental injuries. At Tots to Teens, we’re happy to provide your kid with a custom-fitting mouthguard for sports. Just call us today to set up your visit!

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Why are athletic mouthguards needed?

During contact sports like football and even non-contact sports, it’s not uncommon for someone to suffer a chipped, broken, or knocked-out tooth. But a mouthguard decreases the chance of this occurring. Hundreds of thousands of dental injuries are prevented each year thanks to mouthguards! Essentially, investing in an athletic mouthguard means that you’re saving yourself from the time, stress, and financial cost that comes along with a dental injury.

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Do you need a special mouthguard for braces?

Wearing a mouthguard is even more important if your child has braces. This is because the metal brackets and braces can cause additional damage to the cheek, lips, or tongue during a dental injury.

Rather than going with a generic, store-bought option, it’s best to see a dental professional to get a custom-made mouthguard for braces that’s designed to fit over your child’s orthodontic wear specifically. This ensures the best protection and comfort.


How do you boil a mouthguard for braces?

You may have heard about boil-and-bite mouthguards that you can buy online or in stores. With these mouthguards, you first soften them by boiling them in water and then you bite down into the material to fit it to your teeth. While these may fit your mouth better than one-size-fits-all options, there’s still no comparison to a professionally made mouthguard designed to fit the patient’s teeth and braces snugly for optimal protection.

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Is wearing a mouthguard bad for your teeth?

The simple answer is no! Wearing a mouthguard isn’t bad for your teeth. In fact, having a custom-made mouthguard and wearing it properly is good protection for your teeth. The trouble is if you wear a mouthguard that doesn’t fit well (here’s the risk with store-bought versions again), or that isn’t kept clean. Our Laredo dental team is happy to answer any questions you have about getting or caring for mouthguards!

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