According to SportsDentistry.com, The National Youth Sports Foundation for the
Prevention of Athletic Injuries, Inc. reports several interesting statistics involving the
use of mouthguards in youth sports.
For the sake of this blog post, we’ll concentrate on identifying two of the most relevant
stats for parents considering the best mouthguard for their kids.
1. Dental injuries are the most common type or orofacial injury sustained during
participation in sports.
2. Victims of total tooth avulsions who do not have teeth properly preserved or
replanted may face lifetime dental costs of $10,000 - $15,000 per tooth, hours in the
dentist's chair, and the possible development of other dental problems such as
Choosing the Best Mouthguard for Youth Sports? See Your Dentist
It is estimated over three million teeth will get knocked out this year during youth
sporting events. (Source: National Youth Sports Safety Foundation)
Common sense says mouthguards and helmets with face protection will certainly limit
mouth injuries, but how can we be sure of the best mouthguard choice for our kids?
A properly fitted mouthguard must be protective, comfortable, resilient, tear resistant,
odorless, tasteless, not bulky, cause minimal interference to speaking and breathing,
and (possibly the most important criteria) have excellent retention, fit, and sufficient
thickness in critical areas. (Source: SportsDentistry.com)
Basically we have two choices when it comes to mouthguards for our kids, the boil and
bite job we can purchase from the local sporting goods store, or a custom mouthpiece
specifically designed for their teeth and fitted by our trusted family dentist.
Boil & Bite Mouthguards
These are the mouthguards available for purchase at the local sporting goods store,
essentially requiring a pot of boiling water to bring the mouthpiece into a ‘formable’
We then need to have our kids bite down on the soft mouthpiece to form it around their
bite. Hold for a minute, and dip it back in cold water to complete the toothy somewhat
SportsDentistry.com says, presently over 90% of the mouthguards worn are of the
variety bought at sporting good stores.
The other 10% are of the custom-made variety diagnosed and designed by a health
professional (dentist and/or athletic trainer).
Custom Fit Mouthguards From a Dentist
A custom fit mouthguard is specifically designed by a dental professional with the
individual child’s anatomy, dental history, chosen sport, and other important dental
health variables taken into account.
An easy way to look at it is, the boil and bite is one size fits all – sort of, most
manufacturers do offer small, medium, and large.
The custom mouthguard is just that; custom designed specifically for the individual by a
dental health professional.
Which is better?
Take a wild guess…then ask your dentist.
Which costs more?
But remember this when calculating short-term savings against long-term prevention,
emergency dentistry will cost more than any mouthguard.
- $5 for the standard boil & bite mouthguard.
- $10,000 for estimated lifetime dental costs per injured tooth.
- Forking over $500 for a custom fit job….PRICELESS!
Go For The Custom Mouthguard!
A properly fitted mouthguard from a dentist will certainly limit the severity of, and help
protect against further injury to the mouth, teeth, and face.
Only your dentist can determine the perfect fit and provide the answers necessary to
best protect your child’s teeth, gums, and jaw, when they’re out playing sports this
To continue beating the dental equity equine – talk to your dentist before your child
takes the field. And do your best to ensure your child understands their mouthguard
must actually be in their mouths at all times.
If it’s uncomfortable they won’t use it. And if they don’t use it, they risk injury.
Need another reason to opt for the more protective custom fit mouthguard from
a dentist this season?
This post originally appeared on http://dentalpatientnews.com/boil-bite-vs-custom-fit-how-to-determine-the-best-mouthguard/ and has been republished here with permission