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It can be exhilarating to watch your child play in school sports. However, we all know there are certain parental concerns that flow through your mind while watching your football star shine under those Friday night lights. We know that there is always a risk and fear of injury. One of the most common sporting injuries is broken or dislodged teeth. You can protect your child’s teeth by investing in a sports mouth guard.

Your dentist, Dr. Sam Cigno is here to assist you in the mouth guard selection process in order to help protect your child’s teeth while playing sports or other physical activities such as practicing martial arts. There are several types of mouthguards for you to choose from.

You can purchase pre-formed plastic boil or bite mouth guards at most sporting goods stores. These type of mouth guards will mold to the shape of the wearer’s teeth after the guard has been heated. It’s important to follow the directions with the guards, or else they may not fit correctly.

You can also buy pre-formed guards, but they are unlikely to fit and can cause discomfort.

The best option for mouth guards is to have one custom made from your dentist or a dental laboratory. Not only will this mouth guard be made just for you or your child, but it will also offer the best in comfort and protection.

For questions about mouth guards or to schedule an appointment, please contact Bellefontaine Family Dental in St. Louis, Missouri today.

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