Mouth Guards and Dental Emergencies

A mouthguard, usually a flexible piece of plastic that fits into the mouth, should be worn during all recreational and athletic activities to protect the mouth and teeth from serious injury--especially activities where there is contact or potential contact with another person, piece of equipment, or the ground. In particular, mouthguards should be worn during the following sports:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Rugby
  • Wrestling
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Lacrosse
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Boxing

Some of these sports require the use of a mouthguard at the amateur level.

Many recreational activities, such as skateboarding and bicycling, also pose a risk of injuring the mouth and teeth. Exercise caution during these activities.

Mouthguards and preventable injuries

  • Dislodged or knocked out tooth/teeth
  • Broken or chipped tooth
  • Bitten or lacerated tongue and/or lip
  • Objects caught or lodged between the teeth
  • Jaw fracture
  • Jaw collision. This is when the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw.

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