Most dental injuries in sports are preventable and treatable. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends wearing custom mouthguards for most sports to reduce the incidence and severity of dental injuries. The sports wearing a mouthguard is recommended are acrobats, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, and wrestling.
5 Reasons to Wear a Mouthguard When Playing Sports
1. Protects against tooth fracture
The mouthguard protects the teeth from breakage or fracture by cushioning the teeth.
2. Protects against tooth displacement
A mouthguard distributes the force all over your teeth so that just one tooth isn't receiving a crushing blow.
3. Protects against a tooth knock out
No one wants a large space in their smile because a tooth gets knocked out. If it's a baby tooth, it may require a space maintainer until the permanent tooth is ready to come in. If it's an adult tooth it can be saved if the proper steps are followed:
-Call your dentist right away
-Trying not to touch the root, place it back in the socket where it fell out, so that it is level with your other teeth.
-If that's not possible, you'll need to keep the tooth moist. The best option is to store the tooth (while in route to your dentist) in an emergency tooth preserving system, such as "Save-A-Tooth". If you don't have this in your first aid kit, the next best place is in milk because it has been proven to keep the periodontal ligament cells healthy enough for re-implantation.
-Go to your dentist
4. Protects your soft tissue
If you get hit hard your teeth can lacerate your lips, tongue or cheeks. The mouthguard protects your entire mouth from harm.
5. Protects against jaw fractures & possibly concussions
If you are hit in the head it can cause your teeth to be forcefully slammed together. If you are wearing a properly fitted mouthguard it will absorb some of that impact.
Types of Mouthguards
Mouth-formed "boil and bite" mouthguard
Custom-made mouthguard made by your dentist
According to the American Dental Association, the most effective mouthguard is comfortable (because if you're not wearing it, what can it protect!?), resistant to tears and flexible. Your mouthguard needs to fit properly, be durable, easily cleaned, and not restrict your speech or breathing!
We can help you protect that wonderful smile!