It’s that time of year again, back to school means back to sports! The American Dental Association projects that one third of all dental injuries are sports related.
A mouth guard is a soft plastic or laminate device used in sports to prevent injuries to the teeth, mouth, cheeks, tongue and jaw.
Mouth guards are mandatory in collision sports such as football, hockey and lacrosse where the risk of injury is likely. Children and adults involved in other sports like basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling, soccer and volleyball may consider wearing a mouth guard to prevent injuries to the mouth.
Child or adult, a mouth guard is essential for all athletes. For more information about the right mouth guard for you, consult your orthodontist.