Ask the dentist – Athletic mouthguards, who needs them?

Ask The Dentist

Athletic mouthguards, who needs them?

You would be surprised. As kids have gone back to school and into related sports, it’s time to think about protection for their mouths and heads. Young athletes are 60 times more likely to injure teeth when they are not wearing mouthguards. Mouthguards not only protect teeth from being fractured, but also help prevent concussions from blows to the jaw. The athletic mouthguards are not just for kids, but anyone who is active in sports.

There are vaious types of mouthguards available. They range from bulky “boil and bite” which you can purchase at local sports stores and pharmacies, to custom fitted guards from your general dentist. They all protect your mouth and head although the guard fitted by your dentist is the most comfortable and gets the best compliance by the wearer.

Sports for which you need to consider a mouthguard include: baseball, basketball, boxing, wrestling, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, gymnastics, football, martial arts, water polo, field hockey, ice hockey, rollerblading, snowboarding, skateboarding, and even horseback riding.

Robin JungblutAsk the dentist – Athletic mouthguards, who needs them?