Children will soon be heading back to school, and many will participate in organized sports or other activities that can put their dental health at risk. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to look into the benefits of a properly fitted mouth-guard for your kids. Even if your children participate in non-contact sports such as gymnastics or diving, they need to have their teeth protected from injuries. Mouthguards, or mouth protectors, provide protection against broken teeth and damage to the gums, lips, and cheeks. It is especially important for children with braces to wear a mouth guard during sports activities to not only protect their teeth and mouths but also to keep from damaging their braces. Generic mouthguards, such as the pre-formed or boil-and-bite versions, are available at drugstores and other retail outlets. A custom-fitted mouthguard provided by your dentist is the best option to ensure the greatest protection, comfort, and fit. At Michael R. Errico DDS, FAGD, FICOI, PC & Associates, we create mouthguards custom-made for your children’s teeth to deliver the highest-quality protection. Schedule an appointment today by calling 847-788-0808 or visiting mikeerricodds.com/contact-us/. If your child already has a mouthguard, we can examine it to make sure it is still fitting properly and replace it if necessary. Our dental office is located at 3315 Algonquin Rd., Suite 105, in Rolling Meadows. Dr. Errico welcomes patients from all over the northwest Chicago suburbs, including Wheeling, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Arlington Heights, Hoffman Estates, and Palatine. New patients should visit mikeerricodds.com/new-patients/ to fill out our convenient New Patient forms.