Wearing mouthguards while participating in sports protects more than your teeth.
Yes. The Academy for Sports Dentistry recommends that male and female athletes in any sport -- including football, basketball, softball and soccer wear a custom-fitted mouthguard made by a dentist. The advantages of wearing a mouthguard are that the device can protect the jawbone, teeth, lips and cheeks from injury.
Thicker mouthguards can also help absorb shock, and in certain circumstances, may help prevent a concussion.
Custom-fitted appliances are designed for the upper teeth and are comfortable to wear. The Academy's position is that for mouthguards to be effective, they need to be "properly fitted and properly worn." If this is done, an athlete should be able to fully participate in the sport.
According to the Academy, mouthguards are mandated in every state for high school football, hockey, men's lacrosse, field hockey and boxing. Some states also have mandated the appliance for other sports. There are a growing number of youngsters competing in sports. The number of female athletes has increased ten-fold since 1972. Mouthguards have proven to be an effective device in protecting the upper front teeth, which are most often injured during sports.
There are three different types of mouthguards available for the consumer:
Mouthguards are very effective in protecting the teeth and oral tissue in individuals who wear them.