Sports mouth guards are coverings worn over your teeth, used to protect your teeth, gums and lips from sports injury.

My son wears a mouth guard during football practice and games… should I worry about a mouth guard for my daughter who does gymnastics?

People of all ages who participate in contact and non-contact sports should wear mouth guards. According to the American Dental Association people who wear mouth guards are two times less likely to get an oral injury during sports.

Okay, so what kind of mouth guard should I buy?

There are three types of mouth guards:

  • Stock Mouth Protectors
  • Boil and Bite Mouth Protectors
  • Custom Mouth Protectors
Stock mouth guards are preformed and come ready to wear. They are inexpensive and can be bought at most sporting good stores. There is little that can be done to adjust their fit and they are bulky, providing a poor fit with little protection.

The “boil and bite” mouth guard is made from thermoplastic material. It is placed in hot water to soften, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure. They are also available at sporting goods stores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth guards, but may not have sufficient thickness in critical areas.

SPORTS-RELATED TOOTH / MOUTH INJURY
DUE TO NOT WEARING A MOUTHGUARD

TEETH RESTORED BY DR. ANDERSON

Custom mouth guards are individually designed and provide the most comfort and protection of all mouth guards. At Anderson Dentistry we provide custom mouth guards which are comfortable, have excellent retention, durable, easy to clean, and will not restrict your breathing or speech.

Call us for a consultation; we can help you determine the option that is right for you and your active family.