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Protect Your Child’s Smile with Custom Mouthguards from Ivy Lane Dentistry

The Importance of Mouthguards in Youth Sports

At Ivy Lane Dentistry, we understand that sports are a significant part of many kids’ lives. While encouraging them to play and have fun, we also recognize the importance of safeguarding their growing teeth and gums. Surprisingly, about one-third of children experience serious mouth injuries each year due to dental trauma, with more than 5 million teeth knocked out in sports activities. These incidents can lead to substantial costs in dental restorations, totaling over $500 million annually. To protect your child’s dental health during these formative years, a reliable mouthguard is an essential piece of their sports gear.

Choosing the Right Mouthguard

Selecting the appropriate mouthguard is crucial. While many athletic and drug stores offer pre-made or boil-and-bite mouthguards, these options often provide a generic fit that might not offer optimal protection. At Ivy Lane Dentistry, we advocate for custom-fitted mouthguards, designed and created by our dental professionals specifically for your child’s unique dental structure. A custom mouthguard ensures a snug fit around the teeth and jaw, offering superior protection, comfort, and peace of mind during sports activities.

Caring for Your Mouthguard

Proper maintenance of the mouthguard is as important as choosing the right one. To ensure your mouthguard remains effective and hygienic, follow these care tips:

  • Replace the mouthguard if it shows signs of wear or no longer fits properly.
  • Clean and dry the mouthguard after each use, using toothpaste or soapy water.
  • Store it in a well-ventilated container to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Avoid exposing the mouthguard to extreme temperatures, like direct sunlight or the bottom of a gym bag, as this can warp its shape.

Join Our Youth Mouthguard Program

Ivy Lane Dentistry is committed not just to treating dental injuries but to preventing them. We’re excited to offer a discounted youth mouthguard program, ensuring that every child has access to high-quality, custom-fitted mouth protection. Participating in this program is an investment in your child’s dental safety and can save you from the costs and hassles associated with sports-related dental injuries.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Don’t wait for an injury to occur. Be proactive in protecting your child’s smile. To learn more about our custom mouthguards or to enroll in our youth mouthguard program, please call Ivy Lane Dentistry at (210) 824-9566 or schedule an appointment with us. Our team is dedicated to providing your child with the best protection, so they can focus on playing their best game.