Helmets, knee pads, shin guards…if you’re an avid athlete or the parent of one, you know the importance of proper protective gear. But did you know that up to 40 percent of all sports injuries involve the face? Protect your smile and your mouth with a comfortable, custom-molded mouthguard to dramatically reduce the risk of sports-related oral injury.
A mouthguard is a comfortable piece of athletic gear that fits over your teeth and can help protect your smile as well as your lips, tongue, face, and jaw. New research indicates that mouthguards can even reduce the severity of concussions.
While hockey, boxing, and rugby players would obviously benefit from mouthguards, others, like bicyclists, weightlifters, and gymnasts, made the ADA’s list of athletes who need mouthguards. This may sound excessive, but studies show that 13 to 39 percent of all dental injuries are sports related. Because the face is an important part of a person’s image, self-confidence, and sometimes success, it’s better to be safe than…toothless!
The American Dental Association and the Academy of Sports Dentistry recommend mouthguards for athletes who participate in:
- Field Hockey
- Shot Put
- Water Polo
- Ice Hockey
- Inline Skating
- Equestrian Events
- Field Events
- Martial Arts
If you have questions about mouthguards, call us. We’ll be happy to help you decide which type of mouthguard is best for you.