Sports Mouthguards

Dental injuries are among the most common sports injuries.  Studies have shown that athletes not wearing mouthguards are 60 times more likely to suffer mouth injuries.  The required use of mouthguards in high school and college football prevents over 200,000 injuries each year, according to the American Dental Association.

Mouthguards reduce the risk of mouth, face and jaw injuries, as well as broken teeth.  The basic types of mouthguards include:

  • Stock:  Sold in stores.  These preformed guards may not fit well, reducing the effectiveness.
  • Boil and Bite:  Also sold in stores.  These mouthguards are boiled and then inserted in the mouth.
  • Custom-fabricated: These mouthgaurds are custom made by the dentist. 

Both stock and boil and bite mouthguards are typically found in sporting goods stores and neither fits as accurately as a custom made one.  They often go unworn because they may not fit well, uncomfortable, and frequently interfere with breathing or speaking.  Custom fabricated mouthguards have been shown to be far more effective than those offered in sporting goods stores.