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Sports Dentistry: Mouth Guards for Proper Protection

By Dr. Brett Silverman | Feb 25, 2015 | General Oral Care
Sports Dentistry: Mouth Guards for Proper Protection

Wearing a mouth guard can prevent a serious mouth injury during sports and activities. According to the American Dental Association, athletes are 60 times more likely to injure their teeth when they are not wearing mouth guards!

For proper protection during sports and activities, wearing a mouth guard is an absolute must.

Why are Mouth Guards So Important?

  • Mouth guards can help prevent injury to the teeth, gums, lips, and tongue.

  • Since baby teeth are ultimately lost anyway, some people may not realize how important it is for young children to wear a mouth guard during sports. However, baby teeth are absolutely necessary – they save space for the permanent teeth, provide facial structure, and enable the child to eat and speak normally. The greatest care should be taken to prevent serious mouth injuries for children, especially those who play contact sports.

  • If you or your child has gone through orthodontic treatment, you will especially want to protect your investment with a mouth guard. One injury can waste thousands of dollars spent on braces and other appliances.

When do Mouth Guards Need to Be Worn?

Any sport that puts you or your child at risk of a mouth injury requires the use of a mouth guard. Such sports include:

  • Basketball

  • Wrestling

  • Football

  • Lacrosse

  • Rugby

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. Talk to our dentist about whether a mouth guard should be used during certain sports.

What Kind of Mouth Guard is Best?


The very best option is to have our dentist create a mouth guard specifically for your mouth. However, a store-bought mouth guard can still provide decent protection for your teeth and gums.

In addition to choosing the right mouth guard, you also need to take care of it once you have it. This includes storing it properly to prevent distortion due to heat.

Mouth injuries can occur at any moment, but they become much more likely during sports. By investing in a mouth guard, you can get the protection you need and focus on the game.

Call Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry to schedule your sports dentistry appointment!

Posted by Advanced Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
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