Sports guards, mouth protectors, and mouth guards are, at the end of the day, the exact same thing. They are devices that go over the top of your or your child’s teeth in order to protect those teeth from injuries that might occur to the head or to the face. Mouth guards are incredibly important if your child is involved in any sporting activity such as football, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, or mountain bike riding. In fact, any activity that could lead to an injury to the head or face can benefit from having a mouth guard. Dr. Joseph M. Boesch, DDS, highly recommends them.

They are worn over the upper teeth and crafted in order to protect against cut lips, broken teeth, and any other oral injuries. It’s even more important if you have braces or a retainer or other appliances in your mouth.

Dr. Joseph M. Boesch, DDS, our dentist near you recommends one of the three types of mouth guards, and no, they’re not all equal. Some are better than others. No matter which you choose, though, you should make sure to find one that is tear-resistance and long-lasting. It’s important that you find one that is comfortable as well. Otherwise, nobody will want to wear it.


These are an inexpensive option in Rockville because they are made to fit any mouth. Unfortunately, this means that they don’t fit as well, and are not custom to you or your child. They can make breathing and speaking more difficult.


The next type of mouth guard is the boil and bite and can be found at any sporting goods store. These are a bit better of an option than stock mouth guards because they can be somewhat customizable to your or your child’s mouth. You heat them up in water and then bite down on them. This makes them mold to your mouth shape.


The final option, and the one most highly recommended by Dr. Joseph M. Boesch, DDS, is the custom mouth guard. These are specially crafted from an impression of your mouth at a dental lab. They are more expensive, but they’re going to be the best for comfort and protection.

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