The American Dental Association recommends wearing a mouthguard for any sport where an injury to the mouth is possible. The list includes the following sports (both practices and games): acrobatics, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, inline skating, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, and wrestling.
Custom-Fitted Sport Mouthguard
Mouthguards prevent an estimated 200,000 injuries in high school and college organized sports alone. They protect the teeth, tongue, cheeks, lips, and jaws from injury. By absorbing the shock of impact, it can also prevent or reduce concussions. A properly fitted mouthguard is an important investment considering the cost of dental work for damaged teeth.
Benefits of a custom-fitted mouthguard over a "boil & bite":
- Offers the best fit
- Interferes the least with speech and breathing
- Can accommodate orthodontic work or previous dental injuries