Protect Your Child’s Teeth While Playing Sports

  • April 1, 2016

Protect Your Child’s Teeth While Playing Sports

There are many ways for kids to pass the time here in Virginia Beach, VA. Many parents prefer to enroll their children in some sort of sport to help keep their kids busy and active. What many parents don’t realize is that most popular sports involve contact, and where there is contact, there is danger of having teeth damaged or knocked out. This goes for sports like baseball and basketball to activities such as skateboarding, wrestling, and even gymnastics.

Protecting your child’s teeth is important all the time, but it becomes especially important once they have lost their baby teeth and grow their permanent ones. If a permanent tooth is damaged or knocked out, it will not only be painful and embarrassing for your child, but it will also make for expensive dental bills. The best way to protect your child’s teeth during contact sports is by coming in to J. Wesley Anderson, Jr., DDS, to have them fitted for a custom athletic mouthguard!

A Custom Mouthguard Vs. A Generic Mouthguard

The biggest question that we get about custom athletic mouthguards is, “Why should I spend more money to get a custom mouthguard?” Yes, it is true that you can go to a local sporting goods store and get a generic mouthguard for a small cost. But there’s a reason that a generic mouthguard only costs a few dollars: they are cheaply made to be one-size-fits-all mouthguards. People are different, however, and we all know that one-size-fits-all products rarely fit the way they are meant to fit.

“So what?” you may ask. “Why does a mouthguard have to fit perfectly to still be effective?” The answer is that it doesn’t have to fit your mouth right in order to protect your teeth. While a generic mouthguard will protect your teeth, it can cause you other problems that a custom-made athletic mouthguard from J. Wesley Anderson, Jr., DDS won’t cause you.


The problems that a generic mouthguard can cause may affect your child’s performance on the field, court, or rink. Two of the main problems common with a generic mouthguard are rubbing the inside of your mouth raw and falling out of your mouth. Both of these problems result from the generic mouthguard not fitting your child’s mouth properly. The last thing you want for your child is to create a distraction for them in the form of a ill-fitting mouthguard while they are playing.   


Communication is a very important aspect of any team sport, and wearing a mouthguard that doesn’t fit will muffle your child’s words when they are trying to communicate with their teammates. A custom-made mouthguard from J. Wesley Anderson, Jr., DDS will conform to your child’s teeth perfectly so that their speech won’t be so muffled and they will be completely understandable to their teammates.

How Your Child Will Get A Custom-Made Mouthguard At Our Office

When you bring your child into J. Wesley Anderson, Jr., DDS to have them fitted for a custom-made athletic mouthguard, you will be making a conscious decision to protect their teeth, tongue, cheeks, and jaw against damage. The first step we will take is to make a mold of their teeth. The mold will then be sent to a lab, where their custom-made mouthguard will be carefully created and sent back to us. Once the mouthguard is sent back to our office, you and your child can come back in, and your child’s mouthguard will be ready to wear and protect their teeth.

Take The Time To Give Your Child A Superior Mouthguard

In most cases, taking a little more time to get a superior outcome is the correct decision. Getting your child fitted for a custom-made mouthguard at J. Wesley Anderson, Jr., DDS is one of those cases. The mouthguard that you have made by us will not only be more comfortable, but it will also last across many different seasons in whatever sports your child plays. If your child is playing or about to start playing a contact sport, call J. Wesley Anderson, Jr., DDS at 757-932-6856 or use our online contact form to make an appointment. Your child’s teeth are precious, and they should be treated that way.

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