Sport Guard

If you or someone you know loves playing sports, you should know that:

- It's been estimated that as many as one third of all injuries treated by dentists are sports related.

- During any single season an athlete participating in a contact sport runs about a 10% chance of experiencing some sort of orofacial injury (injury of the tissues or structures in or around the mouth).

- A person who has braces (is undergoing orthodontic treatment) should never even consider participating in any sort of sporting activity without wearing a mouth protector. The potential for lip and cheek laceration is tremendous.

What is a Sports Guard?

Sports (athletic) mouthguards are plastic dental appliances which when worn can provide a degree of protection for both the mouth's soft tissues (lips, cheeks, gums, tongue) and hard tissues (teeth and jaw bones).

 

What are the benefits of wearing a Sports Guard?

Wearing a mouthguard can help reduce the incidence or severity of concussions. Forces delivered to the jaw bones will be transmitted on to the skull bones that surround a person's brain, thus producing the potential for concussion and the sportsguard buffers these transmissions by way of partially absorbing and then also dispersing them.   Also, wearing a sportsguard can provide a psychological edge for an athlete who then might feel more confident and aggressive when they know they have a proper mouth protection which can even bear the athelete’s team logo and pride.

Who needs a Sports Guard?

Athletes participating in contact or extreme sports should protect their mouth with a guard. Football, boxing, ice hockey, lacrosse, field hockey, roller hockey, soccer, rugby, basketball, martial arts, heavy weight lifting, water polo, and wrestling should all be considered sports where the use of a mouth protector is paramount.

Other sports, while not being true contact sports, can still provide ample potential for collisions with objects or other athletes. Participants in handball, racquetball, baseball, skateboarding, rollerblading, skiing, skydiving, squash, surfing, volleyball, gymnastics, acrobatics, tennis, and bicycling should all make a point of obtaining and wearing mouth protection.