WHAT IS A MOUTHGUARD?
A mouthguard is a flexible appliance made out of plastic that is worn in athletic and recreational activities to protect teeth from trauma.
WHY SHOULD I WEAR A MOUTHGUARD?
We support the use of mouthguards in a variety of sports activities to protect your mouth from injuries. More than 200,000 injuries to the mouth and jaw occur each year. A mouthguard can prevent serious injuries such as concussions, jaw fractures and neck injuries by helping to avoid situations where the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw. Mouthguards are effective in moving soft issue in the oral cavity away from the teeth, preventing laceration and bruising of the lips and cheeks, especially for those who wear orthodontic appliances.
IN WHAT SPORTS SHOULD I WEAR A MOUTHGUARD?
Anytime there is a strong chance for contact with other participants or hard surfaces, it is advisable to wear a mouthguard. Players who participate in basketball, soft ball, football, wrestling, soccer, rugby, in-line skating, martial arts as well as recreational sports such as skateboarding and bicycling should wear mouthguards while competing.
WHY DON’T KIDS WEAR MOUTHGUARDS?
Parents are sometimes uninformed about the level of contact and potential for serious dental injuries involved with sports in which the child participates. Some, though not all schools, reinforce the health advantage of mouthguards for their contact sports. Cost may be another consideration, although mouthguards come in a variety of price ranges.
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