Everyone who participates in contact sports is in danger of injuries to their mouth and teeth. It doesn’t matter if you are a professional athlete, high school player, or younger. At Allen Park Dental Care we urge everyone to protect their teeth by wearing a mouthguard when playing sports.
Even those sports that are technically non-contact, like basketball, carry the risk of mouth injury. A mouthguard is a fundamental piece of athletic gear that should be used from an early age.
What age group has the most injuries?
8- to 12-year-old kids who participate in basketball, hockey, baseball, soccer, rugby, football and lacrosse are most affected by lost or damaged teeth. But even those that participate in sports like skateboarding, mountain biking or climbing can benefit from wearing a mouthguard.
Mouthguards are made of strong, flexible materials that are designed to protect your teeth, gum and jaw in case of an impact. A mouthguard forms a protective layer between your teeth and the point of impact.
A mouthguard can protect you in three critical ways:
- Absorb force
- Prevent broken teeth
- Protect the lips and tongue
Mouthguards are available online or at any sporting goods stores. They can be ready in minutes, and are a smart, inexpensive investment in safety. There are also higher-end custom mouthguards available. Ask us for a recommendation!
At Allen Park Dental Care we want all our patients to be safe, and to protect their teeth. People from Dearborn, Taylor, and Southgate come to us for restorative and emergency dentistry, family dentistry, and much more. Call for an appointment today!
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