We love that our youngest patients are active in sports. In the same breath, that is why the importance of mouth guards cannot be overstated. Regardless of the nature of the sport, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry strongly recommends mouth guards. Some sports governing organizations are even making requirements across the board. Athletic mouth guards are designed to absorb and distribute the forces of impact, minimizing traumatic injury to both the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. Mouth guards help to cushion a blow to the face, reducing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. They typically cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues in your mouth, like the tongue, lips and cheek lining. Mouth guards preserve both the aesthetic look and physical health of a smile for a low cost.
Effectiveness and comfortability of mouth guards tend to vary based upon the type purchased. You can find a one size fits all type at a drugstore, a boil and bite pliable style at sporting goods stores, or a completely customizable style created by Dr. Auslander. These are crafted through full mouth impressions and are especially necessary for our braces-wearing patients. To our young athletes: you wear equipment all over your body so don’t forget about your teeth! It’s a fact; an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to teeth when not wearing a mouth guard. We want you to be a superstar on the field, without worrying about your superstar smile.