Mouthguards prevent injuries
Injuries to the teeth, mouth, and head may include the following, many of which could be prevented with proper and consistent use of a mouthguard:
- dislodged or knocked out tooth/teeth
- cerebral hemorrhage
- broken or chipped tooth
- bitten or lacerated tongue and/or lip
- objects caught/lodged between the teeth
- jaw fracture
- neck injury
- jaw collision -- the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw
Types of mouthguards
There are several types of mouthguards your child can use. The following are two of the most common types:
- This variety can be found in most sport stores. There are different types and brands. Choose the one that fits best and is most comfortable.
- Your child's dentist can make a mouthguard specifically for him or her. These may be more expensive, but usually are more comfortable.
Please consult your child's dentist regarding the best type of mouthguard to use.