Mouth Guards and Dental Emergencies


A mouthguard, usually a flexible piece of plastic that fits into the mouth, should be worn during all recreational and athletic activities to protect the mouth and teeth from serious injury--especially activities where there is contact or potential contact with another person, piece of equipment, or the ground. In particular, mouthguards should be worn during the following sports:

  • Football

  • Basketball

  • Soccer

  • Rugby

  • Wrestling

  • Baseball

  • Softball

  • Lacrosse

  • Field hockey

  • Ice hockey

  • Martial arts

  • Boxing

Some of these sports require the use of a mouthguard 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.

Mouthguards and preventable injuries

  • Dislodged or knocked out tooth/teeth

  • Broken or chipped tooth

  • Bitten or lacerated tongue and/or lip

  • Objects caught or lodged between the teeth

  • Jaw fracture

  • Jaw collision. This is when the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw.