The obvious purpose of a mouth guard is to protect the teeth but a proper fitting one also protects the jaw, joints and neck upon impact by providing a cushion effect that absorbs the impact. It also protects the soft tissue from injury and can reduce the chance of a sports related concussion.
It’s not just for football that athletes should be wearing a mouth guard, Basketball, Hockey, Volleyball, and Soccer athletes should also wear them. A mouth guard should be a part of your necessary sports equipment for children and adults in any sport where there is a chance of contact to the face or head.
There are several types of sports mouth guards available. You can buy over the counter ones at most sporting goods stores, they are big and bulky and can make it difficult to breathe. A custom sports mouth guard can be made specifically for your mouth.
Please give our office a call (253-531-1177) if you have any questions about the sports mouth guards as we want to be sure and protect those pearly whites.