Sports Mouthguards

Sep 10 • 1 minute read

Importance of Wearing a Sports Mouthguard

  • In contact sports, head injuries (e.g. concussions, broken facial bones, cracked teeth) tend to be one of the more common types of injuries. A simple, effective way to reduce these injuries is by wearing a mouthguard. 

  • Properly fitted mouthguards can help: 

    • Protect the lips, cheeks, gums, and tongue by covering the sharp edges of teeth

    • Reduce concussions by acting as a shock absorber

    • Absorb impact to reduce the chance or severity of jaw fractures

    • Protect teeth by reducing force of impact

  • Types of mouthguards:

    • Custom made (recommended): fabricated by a dentist for individualized fit and comfort 

    • Stock: come premade and ready to wear. Can make breathing difficult

    • Boil and bite: available over-the-counter, can cause jaw issues or tooth shifting if not made properly

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