Protecting Teeth with Athletic Mouth Guards
Knowing how to prevent injuries is important if you participate in organized sports or other recreational activities. When it comes to protecting your teeth and mouth, an athletic mouth guard is an essential piece of gear that should be part of an athlete’s standard equipment from an early age. According to the American Dental Association, in fact, an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing an athletic mouth guard. Athletic mouth guards help buffer an impact or blow that otherwise could cause broken teeth, jaw injuries or cuts to the lip, tongue or face. Athletic mouth guards may also reduce the rate and severity of concussions. Athletic mouth guards are used most commonly in contact sports, such as boxing, football, hockey, and lacrosse, but findings show that even in non-contact sports like basketball, gymnastics and skateboarding, athletic mouth guards help prevent mouth and jaw injuries.
There are three types of athletic mouth guards: the ready-made, or stock, athletic mouth guard; the mouth-formed “boil-and-bite” athletic mouth guard; and the custom athletic mouth guard. Dr. Ahuja can make a custom athletic mouth guard for you or your child that is comfortable and offers superior protection.
If you are interested in being fitted for a custom mouth guard, call our practice today or schedule an appointment online.