What protection does a custom mouthguard provide?

childrens emergency dentistWhen playing sports and engaging in physical activity, it is important for children to wear protective gear, such as mouthguards, to prevent traumatic dental injuries. As part of our pediatric dentistry services, our children’s emergency dentist offers custom mouthguards, which help protect teeth and soft oral tissue in the event of an accidental fall or facial trauma from contact sports.

Is a custom mouthguard better than a store bought one?

Store bought mouthguards are widely available at most athletic stores and even some supermarkets but they do not offer the protection that a custom mouthguard can provide. Even though some mouthguards purchased in a store can be boiled and slightly customized, they are often ill-fitting and do not adequately protect teeth and gums.

Custom mouthguards prescribed by our children’s emergency dentist are fabricated to fit perfectly in a patient’s mouth. A custom mouthguard will conform to each patient’s mouth because it is designed based on unique specifications determined by our team. This means that this oral appliance will properly cover the teeth, holding them in place in the event of trauma and protect against soft tissue lacerations.

When should my child wear a mouthguard?

Your child should wear a mouthguard during any type of contact sport including football, wrestling, and basketball. Non-contact sports or individual physical activities such as horseback riding or skateboarding can lead to dental injuries as well. A mouthguard is useful for any activity where the risk of injury to the face or mouth is possible.

How can I prepare for dental emergencies?

In addition to equipping children with protective gear, there are steps you can take to prepare for dental emergencies. First, we recommend keeping our pediatric dentistry practice number stored in your phone so that you can contact us quickly. Another precautionary tip you can take is to keep Save-A-Tooth solution (available at pharmacies and supermarkets) in your purse or vehicle. This solution is used to keep tooth structure alive that has been broken or knocked out of the mouth. In some instances, our dentist can reattach pieces of a broken tooth.

For more information or to reserve an appointment, call our practice today.

What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?

childrens dentist Fort WorthAlthough teeth actually start forming in the womb, the appearance of baby’s first teeth is usually in the four to six month range. Wiping teeth with a soft cloth is considered sufficient in those early months. At around the age of twelve months, you should plan on taking your child to visit a children’s dentist for an initial checkup. This appointment is a perfect opportunity to become educated on caring for your child’s teeth.

As an infant, you can’t expect your baby to understand the importance of brushing and flossing. Also, your baby isn’t coordinated enough to perform these functions without a lot of help. So until your child demonstrates the ability to thoroughly brush and floss on their own, you need to be on hand to help complete this task twice every day.

It is difficult for your child to comprehend that you don’t want them to swallow the toothpaste you use to clean their teeth. That is why it is very important to use an age appropriate cleaning agent and a soft bristle toothbrush. A very small amount of tooth paste is usually sufficient to clean tiny baby teeth.

Sadly many parents believe baby teeth are eventually going to be replaced so they don’t give them the care they should. But these baby teeth are paving the way for the permanent teeth, so maintaining their health by preventing decay and premature loss is critical for your child’s dental health.

Sufficient fluoride is needed to prevent decay. Although tap water and a healthy diet are great ways to get fluoride, for children who consume bottled water or alternative beverages, a supplement may be needed to help prevent decay. Your dentist can apply fluoride right in the office. It is important to note that over fluoridation can result in teeth stain, so an honest discussion should be held during dental visits.

Prevention trumps reacting to dental problems. A diet with healthy fruits and vegetables, limiting sugary snacks and beverages, daily oral hygiene care, and regular dental visits promote healthy teeth and gums.

Your kid’s dental health is as important as their overall health. You wouldn’t think of missing any of your baby’s doctor visits, so seeing your children’s dentist at around one year and at regular intervals thereafter will help foster great dental health.

To schedule an appointment for your baby, call our team at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry today!