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Sports Mouth Guards


Sports mouth guards are imperative when playing high impact contact sports such as football, rugby, and wrestling. They prevent oral injuries, such as cracked or broken teeth and fractured jaws. Dental injuries are the most common oral injuries in sports and can lead to costly and serious problems, such as periodontal disease. According to the American Dental Association, mouth guards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year among high school and college athletes.

When mouth guards are properly fitted, they minimally impact speaking and breathing. Additionally, they are:

Chastain Dental recommends full custom mouth guards for all patients currently engaged in or anticipating playing high impact or contact sports. A custom-fitted mouth guard is specially fitted to patients’ mouths. Fitting of the mouth guard takes into account the patients’ mouths and dental history and the sports for which the mouth guards will be used. Because these mouth guards are specially made and use specific materials, they provide the most comfort and protection out of any type of mouth guard available.

In order to properly care for mouth guards, they must be rinsed with cold water or a mouth rinse before and after each use. Alternatively, they can be cleaned with toothpaste and a toothbrush. They should occasionally be cleaned with cool soapy water. It is important to remember to store mouth guards in containers that allow air circulation and protect them from high temperatures. Patients should bring their mouth guards to their dentist’s office during visits in order to have them examined. A sports mouth guard is an excellent investment, and it can prevent oral injuries that might require costly treatment in the future.


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