If you are active in high-impact sports, our dentists may recommend that you get a sports mouth guard. Although many organized sports teams do not require participants to wear a sports guard, there are many reasons why you should wear one, regardless. While many sports use different protective items, such as helmets, shoulder pads, etc., those tools do not protect the jaw and teeth, and should, therefore, be used in-conjunction with an athletic mouth guard.
According to the American Dental Association®, over five million Americans lose teeth in sports-related injuries each year. A sports guard is designed to protect the teeth and jaw, and it can help prevent any of the following injuries:
- Tooth displacement
- Injuries to soft tissues of the mouth
- Jaw fractures
- Tooth fractures
- Fractured tooth roots
- Knocked-out teeth
Any participant in high-impact sports should protect their smile with a mouth guard. Common sports that the ADA recommends the use of mouth guards, include:
There are many kinds of athletic mouth guards available, including pre-made, boil and bite and custom-made. Dr. Jeffrey Chung and associates can fit you for a custom sports mouth guard in Houston, Texas, at our state-of-the-art dental office. The custom athletic guards our team can make are comfortable to wear and are custom-made to fit your smile precisely, which provides additional protection to your teeth.
If you have any questions, or if you would like to set up your appointment with us, be sure to call Serenity Dental at 832-301-8433. We look forward to caring for your smile.