When to Use a Mouth Guard

When to Use a Mouth Guard

According to the American Dental Association, 39 percent of all dental injuries are linked to sports. While these injuries are the most common in males, it can also occur in females. Although crown fracture, root fracture and dislocation are frequently reported, avulsion can also occur. In fact, more than five million teeth are knocked out each year. If you play basketball, football, softball, volleyball or soccer, or if you participate in acrobatics, gymnastics, equestrian events, martial arts or any other contact activity that could threaten your dental health, you may need to wear a mouthguard.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommends mouth guards for children or teens who participate in organized sports. A mouthguard is a device that can protect your teeth from injury if you are hit in or near the face or mouth. It is customized to fit your teeth precisely and is made from a strong material that is designed to absorb the shock of a direct or indirect blow.

A properly used mouthguard can decrease the risk of injury dramatically. Some studies show that those who do not wear mouthguards are nearly twice as likely to suffer an injury. We can help you choose the best type of mouthguard for you or your child’s needs. A night guard, which is similar to a mouthguard, may also be appropriate for those who grind their teeth at night. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our Dentist.

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