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Sports Mouthguards

Sports MouthguardSports mouthguards are used by many people who participate in sports activities. Sports mouthguards help protect your mouth, including your teeth and gums, as well as serve to protect your head from brain and jaw injuries.

Sports activities such as those children participate in, like football, baseball, softball, basketball, hockey, volleyball, and even activities that do not involve the use of a ball, such as gymnastics, skateboarding or rollerblading offer a multitude of opportunities for considerable injury.

When participating in any sports activity, it is very important to protect the head and body of the player participating in the sport. Injuries can even occur on the sidelines when a ball is hit in the wrong direction, a player takes a fall, or a player makes contact with another player off of the field.

If your child is participating in an organized sport such as football, they will likely be outfitted in protective gear such as a helmet, shoulder pads, knee and leg pads and a cup. And protecting your child’s mouth is just as important as the rest of their head and body.

Benefits of Sports Mouthguards

  • Much like the equipment your child wears to protect their head and body, sports mouthguards can provide a measure of protection for the mouth and head. Sports mouthguards are designed to cushion the teeth and gums and reduce the effects of an impact. While a direct or indirect blow to the face or head can cause chipped teeth or even the loss of a tooth, wearing sports mouthguards greatly reduces the potential for those injuries.
  • Sports mouthguards are usually worn only on the upper teeth but your child’s dentist may recommend a Sports Mouthguard for your child’s lower teeth if your child wears braces or has another issue that would benefit from lower jaw protection.
  • Sports mouthguards have also been shown to provide defense against concussive injuries because an impact to the face is lessened when the player is wearing a Sports Mouthguard. When a player is hit in the chin or lower jaw, the force of the impact thrusts the lower jaw up toward the base of the skull. This causes the brain to move, which can result in a concussive injury. But when sports mouthguards are worn, the force of an impact is distributed more evenly through the jaw, lessening the force of the blow and reducing the possibility of a more serious injury.

When your child has enrolled in an organized sports activity or is routinely active in sports or other physical activities, it is time to talk to your child’s dentist about wearing sports mouthguards. Your child’s dentist will advise you on which type of Sports Mouthguard is best for your child. Properly fitted sports mouthguards are the best protection against injuries for your child and it is important to discuss your options with your child’s dentist.