Wearing the right safety gear in youth sports is proving to be very beneficial to preventing long term injuries. Athletic mouth guards have advanced signicantly in the past 10 years with some guards costing $80 or more.
All pediatric dentist are in complete agreement that children involved in organized sports, need to wear a good mouth. The mouth guard should be comfortable and fit securely during normal activities.
The most generic type of mouth guards simply fit in the mouth, these are adequate but not as functional.
The next type are known as formable, because they can be molded to the wearer’s teeth and gums.
The final type of guards are known as custom fitted from a dental impression (cast of the teeth and gums.