How Mouthguard Can Protect Your Teeth

Team captain stares down the viewer with teammates defocused in the background. She is wearing full protective gear including eyes and nose guard and mouth guard. Holding a lacrosse stick.

Our Doral dentists consistently treat oral injuries that could have easily been prevented by wearing a mouth guard. In fact, one study showed that 75 percent of high school injuries occurred in students who were not wearing a guard.

That is so many injuries, painful days and visits to the dentist that could have spared.

What is a mouthguard?

A mouth guard is a protective device (usually plastic or laminate) that covers the teeth and gums. It is worn in contact and high-impact sports to protect the teeth, arches, lips, gums, and jaw.

Types of dental injuries that mouth guards protect against:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Fractured crowns
  • Fractured bridgework
  • Lip injuries (especially in athletes with braces)
  • Cheek injuries
  • Jaw fractures
  • Concussions
  • Injured tongues
  • TMD

Important Uses of Custom Impact Mouthguards:

  • Protect against concussion. Creating a custom mold with your dentist can prevent serious injuries, including brain injury and concussion.
  • Protect the mouth during correction with braces. An impact to the face can cause immediate and lingering pain when a patient has braces. A custom mouth guard can be fitted to rest comfortably over the brackets and in the mouth.
  • Protect against chipped and broken teeth. Chipped and broken teeth are some of the most common sports-related injuries and two of the easiest to avoid by simply wearing a guard.

If you play contact or high-impact sports, don’t overlook your need for a mouth guard! It is definitely worth it to invest in a guard and wear one to prevent an injury to the teeth, mouth, and jaw.

Talk to our dentists at Doral Sedation Dentistry about getting fitted for one of our impact custom mouthguards.

Protect your smile – it’s your greatest asset, and we are here to make sure that always remains true. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

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