The types of dental injuries that can occur without the use of a sports mouthguard are chipped or broken teeth, fractured crowns or bridgework, lip and cheek injuries, root damage to the teeth, fractured jaws, and concussions. Any athlete may be at risk for oral injury and any injury can be prevented with the use of a mouthguard.
Mouthguards are mandatory in collision sports such as football, hockey and boxing where the risk of injury is likely. Children and adults involved in incidental contact sports like basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling, soccer and volleyball may consider wearing a mouthguard to prevent injuries to the mouth.
Child or adult, a mouthguard for sports is essential for all athletes.
For more information about the right mouthguard for you, consult your dental professional.
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1 The North Carolina Dental Society Mouth Guard Project. Reviewed information at www.ncdental.org.2 McNutt T, Shannon SW Jr, Wright, JT, Feinstein, RA. Oral Trauma in Adolescent Athletes: A Study of Mouth Protectors. Pediatr Dent 1989;11:209-13.