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Mouth Guards

Mouth Guards

Mouth guards are flexible pieces of plastic that fit into the mouth to protect the mouth and teeth from serious injury during recreational and athletic activities – especially activities where there is contact or potential contact with another person, piece of equipment or the ground. In particular, mouth guards should be worn during the following sports:

  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Rugby
  • Wrestling
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Lacrosse
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Boxing
Some of these sports require the use of a mouth guard at the amateur level. Many recreational activities such as skateboarding and bicycling also pose a risk of injuring the mouth and teeth. Exercise caution during these activities.

Injuries to the teeth, mouth and head may include the following, many of which could be prevented with proper and consistent use of a mouth guard:

  • Dislodged or knocked out tooth/teeth
  • Concussion
  • Broken or chipped tooth
  • Bitten or lacerated tongue and/or lip
  • Objects caught/lodged between the teeth
  • Jaw fracture
  • Jaw collision - the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw