The benefits of athletic mouth guards for contact sports go beyond just protecting the teeth. Injuries to the lip, tongue, cheek and temporomandibular joint account for many oral injuries. It’s even been suggested that mouth guards can limit concussions by cushioning an impact between the jaw and the skull. It is estimated by the American Dental Association that mouthguards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and collegiate football alone.
The American Dental Association has strongly suggested that participants in the following sports wear a mouthguard:
- Field Hockey
- Shot Put
- Water Polo
- Ice Hockey
- Inline Skating
- Field Events
- Martial Arts
A properly fitted mouthguard must be protective, comfortable, resilient, tear resistant, odorless, tasteless, not bulky, cause minimal interference to speaking and breathing, and (possibly the most important criteria) have excellent retention, fit, and sufficient thickness in critical areas. We do not recommend store bought boil and bite mouthguards to our patients. The public deserves the best quality of care in injury prevention and boil and bite mouthguards DO NOT provide this quality. Our mouthguards are custom fitted; vacuum fitted over an impression of the patient’s mouth.
If you or your child participate in any contact sport, call us. You need a mouthguard.