Sports Injury Prevention
Participation in sports is an excellent way to maintain a level of fitness, learn to become a team player, and boost self-esteem and confidence. Unfortunately, all sports have an associated risk of injuries to the face and mouth due to falls and collisions.

The American Dental Association (ADA) has reported that an athlete is 60 times more likely to have an injury to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouth guard. The ADA also reports that greater than 3.5 million children 14 years of age and younger are injured while playing sports or participating in recreational activities.

What does an athletic mouth guard do?
Mouth guards help cushion the teeth and mouth from traumatic injury for both adults and children. Often, mouth guards are required for youths playing contact sports such as football, boxing, hockey and lacrosse. We see many dental injuries in patients participating in recreational and organized sports such as basketball, baseball, bicycling, gymnastics, martial arts, skateboarding, soccer and volleyball and, therefore, encourage the use of a mouth guard for all these types of activities.

A mouth guard is a molded plastic material that is usually placed on the top teeth and acts like a 'shock absorber' to help prevent injuries to the teeth and face. Just like helmets are worn to protect against injury, use of a mouth guard can help prevent injury or decrease the severity of the injury.

Mouth guards worn at night
Patients that have a grinding habit while sleeping may request a guard that can be worn at nighttime. These guards can be custom made or a store bought athletic mouth guard that you modify at home to fit into your child's mouth. Please let us know if you have any questions about mouth guards. We are happy to provide you additional information and advice.














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