The easiest ways to prevent sports-related dental injuries are to wear a helmet when your head is at risk and to wear a custom-made mouth guard while participating in sports like boxing, field hockey, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, marital arts, skating, soccer, volleyball, and wrestling. Over-the-counter, boil-and-bite-to-fit mouth protectors, while less effective, are available in sporting goods stores, pharmacy chains, and online at Amazon.com.
In our pediatric dentistry practice, we also recommend custom-fitted mouth guards whenever the athlete has traditional orthodontics. Not only will a mouth guard protect the teeth, it will drastically reduce the number of cuts caused by brackets and wires coming in contact with cheeks and lips.
Contact us about a custom mouth guard fitting today.