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Protecting Your Smile: Why You Need a Custom Mouthguard

At Edinburg Family Dentistry parents often ask us if an over-the-counter mouthguard is adequate protection for their child’s smiles. The answer, however, can be a bit more complicated than just a yes or no. What are you using the mouthguard for? What sports do they play? Do they have bruxism? These are just a few questions that factor into whether or not a custom mouthguard would be a better option for your child.

Over-the-Counter Mouthguards

Most over-the-counter mouthguards are fabricated using thin, pliable plastic designed to be suitable for a wide range of customers. They are typically fit using a “boil and bite” method, which involves heating the mouthguard for a period of time before carefully placing it in the mouth to be fitted. If they are uncomfortable, the customer can cut and alter them to fit better.

Things to Consider with Over-The-Counter Mouthguards

  • Over-the-counter mouthguards may not protect against violent teeth grinding.
  • Mouthguards from the store don’t often last long.
  • Store bought mouth guards typically don’t fit properly.
  • Over-the-counter mouthguards provide less protection during sports.

Custom Mouthguards in Edinburg

Unlike over-the-counter mouthguards, custom-fit mouthguards are prescribed, designed and fabricated by a professional dentist. Instead of thin, pliable plastic, thermoplastic is used for more durability and protection. Custom mouthguards are also designed based on your mouth; no two custom-fit mouthguards are the same.

Things to Consider with Custom-Fit Mouthguards

  • Custom mouthguards provide the best dental protection available.
  • Custom-fit mouthguards are designed to be durable and long-lasting.
  • Professional mouthguards protect the teeth and alleviate jaw tension.
  • Customized mouthguards are more expensive than store-bought alternatives.
  • A dental appointment is required to receive a custom-fit mouthguard.

Want to make sure your child’s smile is as protected as possible while they play sports? Does your child suffer from clenching and grinding, resulting in damaged teeth? Our custom-fit mouthguards in Edinburg can help! Get in touch with Edinburg Family Dentistry today to schedule your appointment.

Making Your Little One’s First Dentist Visit a Success!

It seems like only yesterday your little one was just learning to crawl and walk…and now they have teeth breaking the gums!?! It can happen so quickly! As those first teeth break the surface, it is time to think about their first visit to the dentist. Just like we all have one chance to make a good first impression, we get one shot to introduce the dentist into our child’s life properly. Here are some helpful tips to make their first visit a smashing success.

Make it a Family Affair

Choosing a family dentistry like Edinburg Family Dentistry is a smart first step. By choosing a dentist that can take care of your entire family, you send a positive message to your little one. It can also be helpful to bring them with you to a dentist appointment, so they are familiar with the office and see you in the dentist chair before it is their time.

Don’t Spring It

A classic mistake parents make: Loading the kids into the car and then letting them know they are going to the dentist right now. This, unfortunately, sends a message to the child that their parent is trying to pull a fast one on them! This can cause issues and tantrums, but an easy solution is to let your child know a week or two before their appointment, so they have time to get used to it.

Play Dentist

In the few weeks leading to the appointment, be sure to present the dental visit as something fun as necessary. A fun way to do this is by reading them a kid’s book about visiting the dentist. There are actually plenty of options out there, but the Berenstain Bears book is a popular one. After reading the book together, play dentist with dolls and toys. This helps to demystify what will happen at their first appointment and make sure it is smooth and easy.