Athletic Mouthguards

Having two school-age children, Dr. Graves has seen athletic mouthguards grow in popularity in youth sports. While there are do-it-yourself versions available, these provide little to no real protection against injury. 


Depending on the sport, and the amount of risk involved, a custom mouthguard may be the safer, and more comfortable solution.  Dr. Graves will work with your family to determine if a custom mouthguard should be considered. 


If you participate in any of the following activities, the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Academy for Sports Dentistry recommend that you wear a properly fitted mouthguard:


  • Acrobatics
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Boxing
  • Equestrian events
  • Extreme sports
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Ice hockey
  • Inline skating
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby
  • Shotputting
  • Skateboarding
  • Skiing
  • Skydiving
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Surfing
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

According to the American Dental Association, the most effective mouthguard should be comfortable, resistant to tearing, and resilient. A mouthguard should fit properly, be durable, easily cleaned, and not restrict speech or breathing.


Remember, damaged teeth do not grow back. Protect your smile - wear a mouthguard.