I play sports. How can I protect my teeth?
Whether you wear braces or not, protecting your smile while playing sports is essential. Injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common injuries received by athletes. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums. If you participate in a contact sport, it is recommended by the American Dental Association that you wear a mouthguard.
Even children’s sports involve contact, and we recommend mouthguards for children active in sports. If your little one plays a contact sport, ask us about having a custom-fitted mouthguard made to protect his teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums.
Academy of Sports Dentistry
Sports dentistry includes the prevention and treatment of dental injuries and related oral diseases, as well as the sharing of information and equipment designed to help protect the teeth, mouth, jaw, and face of athletes of all ages. Injuries to the teeth and mouth are common among athletes. It’s important to protect your smile while playing sports for aesthetics as well as your health.
Types of Mouthguards
Choosing the right mouthguard is important. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard. When you choose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, well fitted for your mouth and easy to keep clean. Also make sure it does not prevent you from breathing properly during use. If you wear braces or a retainer, it is imperative for you to wear a mouthguard.
Your dentist can show you how to wear a mouthguard properly and how to choose the right mouthguard to protect your smile. Our goal is to help minimize your chances of a sports related injury. Be sure to ask your dentist about mouthguards at your next dental checkup – GO TEAM!