The Importance of Using a Mouthguard in Sports

Take Me Out to the Ball Game


America is known for its sports. In fact, over 45 million American youngsters are involved in an active sport today. We start our children out in t-ball, football, basketball, and a variety of other sports. No doubt, sports are a wonderful thing for our youth to be involved in. Aside from the fun of competition, we learn discipline, hard work, and perseverance from sports.


While sports are exciting and fun, they also come with injuries. Some of the injuries encountered are minor while some are more significant and even life-threatening at times. Broken bones, skinned knees, and bloody noses can be found in almost any sport. There are a few specialized sports, however, that are extremely dangerous for teeth – oftentimes the most expensive kind of injury.


Teeth Related Injuries


Lifelong complications can be derived from a blow to the head. Some of those complications can be jaw displacement, TMJ development, tooth loss, tooth chipping or breaking, or damage to the tissue on the inside of the mouth, tongue, and gums. Depending on the severity, the restoration process may even require oral surgery.


Thankfully, there are different types of mouthguards that protect your athlete from losing or damaging their teeth. Mouthguards are actually thick plastic protective devices shaped like a dental tray, which form to the shape of the teeth, gums, and mouth.


The Importance of Mouthguards


The mouthguard creates a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to prevent them from crashing together during dangerous impacts, as well as protecting the teeth from being hit by something outside of the mouth.


Fortunately, most sports teams recommend or require mouthguards to be used by athletes, but even in the cases where they are not required we still recommend them to be worn at all times – especially during high impact sports.


With the possibility of costly dental bills, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Give us a call today to learn more about what mouthguards we offer to ensure your athlete’s dental safety.