Forest Hills Orthodontic Associates

Emanuel Mizrahi, DDS

Orthodontist located in Forest Hills, NY

For the active child, injuries caused by a ball to the mouth or other sports-related accidents aren’t all that uncommon, which is where a good mouthguard makes all the difference. At Forest Hills Orthodontic Associates, Emanuel Mizrahi, DDS, wants to make sure that your child’s dental health is fully protected as they take the field or court, which is why he offers custom-made mouthguards designed for his active patients in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. If you’d like to learn more, please call to request an appointment or use the online scheduling tool.

Mouthguard Q & A

Why does my child need a mouthguard?

One of the best things you can do for a developing child is to make sure that all of their systems come online without interruption, setting them up for optimal health well into adulthood. A very important area to monitor is your child’s dental health. As baby teeth make way for more permanent teeth, their mouths are constantly changing, making their teeth more vulnerable to damage.

This means that any steps you take to preserve your child’s teeth are steps in the right direction. A mouthguard is one such step, which protects your child’s oral health as they engage in sports that come with small balls, bats, clubs, and other potential hazards.

If your child is active in sports, they’re not only at risk for losing teeth — a blow to the mouth can seriously harm their gums and surrounding tissue, including their lips. A mouthguard keeps their teeth safe and secure behind a protective barrier.

Why should I get a custom mouthguard?

While most pharmacies offer “boil and bite” mouthguards, these devices aren’t nearly as effective as a custom-designed mouthguard that fits snugly over your child’s teeth. Over-the-counter mouthguards don’t offer the same fit, and the materials are often not as durable.

Dr. Mizrahi understands the forces that your child’s mouth can encounter while playing sports, which is why he offers mouthguards that are tear-resistant, comfortable, and dependably secure.

How often should I get a new mouthguard?

The answer to this question boils down to two things:

  • The care your child provides for their mouthguard
  • The development of your child’s teeth

Custom mouthguards are made from tough materials that are designed to last, but only if your child takes good care of the device. This means:

  • Washing it after each use
  • Storing it properly
  • Keeping it out of the sun or hot water

If your child’s mouth is still developing, you need to ensure that the mouthguard fits snugly at all times. Dr. Mizrahi watches over your child’s development and alerts you when you need a new mouthguard, so you should bring the mouthguard to your regular appointments.

Even if your child’s teeth are fully developed, Dr. Mizrahi still recommends that you get a new mouthguard at the beginning of each sport’s season to ensure optimal protection.

For peace of mind, call Forest Hills Orthodontic Associates to learn more about custom-made mouthguards. Or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.