Sports Mouth Guards Prevent Dental Trauma

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The use of sports mouth guards can prevent serious dental pain and trauma in children and adults alike. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends custom-fitted sports mouth guards if your children participate in sports where the likelihood of dental trauma is high: soccer, football, hockey, lacrosse, basketball, and other sports.

According to the AAPD, participation in sports of all kinds carries a risk of oral and facial trauma. A custom-fitted mouth guard can prevent serious injuries. The highest risk for injury occurs among young men ages 15 to 18, but anyone who participants in sports is at risk.

Custom-fitted mouth guards prevent injury by cushioning the mouth against a blow in which the teeth snap onto the soft tissue. They also stabilize the mouth, neck, and head to some degree. This can actually prevent serious brain injuries, too.

A study  published in General Dentistry, the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, reported that custom-fitted mouth guards provided better protection from traumatic injury than mouth guards purchased at sports stores.

Mouth guard thickness is also a factor in preventing injuries. Sports mouth guards custom-fitted by a dentist are generally 3.5 millimeters, while over-the-counter mouth guards are just 1.65 millimeters. The extra millimeters are worth it, considering the ramifications.

Custom-fitted sports mouth guards do cost more than those bought at your local sports store, but your childs health may be at risk. Dentists can sometimes leave room within a custom-fitted mouth guard to accommodate erupting teeth or to account for a childs growth. Ask your dentist about options to minimize the number of times a mouth guard must be replaced for growing children.

A custom mouth guard may seem like an investment, but when weighed against the potential of injury or even losing a tooth, its worth it. Bassett Creek Dental offers custom sports mouth guards fitted right in our office. Please call for an appointment today if your childs coach or team requires a mouth guard for players. Have it fitted correctly by one of our dentists. Call 763-546-1301.



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