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:
- Equestrian events
- Extreme sports
- Field hockey
- Ice hockey
- Inline skating
- Martial arts
- Water polo
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.