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PARTNERS & AFFILIATES

MOUTHGUARDS

Who should wear a mouthguard and when


Any child or adult who is involved in organized athletics and recreational actives should wear a mouthguard. In general, you should wear a mouthguard any time you have a chance of making contact with other participants or hard surfaces. 

Protect Your Smile


Currently, five amateur sports require mouthguards during practice and competition: boxing, football, ice hockey, men's lacrosse and woman's field hockey. Many local school districts and state athletic organizations have their own policies regarding mouthguard use. With or without policies, anyone who participates in athletic activities should protect their smile with a high-quality, properly fitting mouthguard. 

THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION RECOMMENDS THAT PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES WEAR MOUTHGUARDS:

  • Acrobats

  • Basketball

  • Boxing

  • Field Hockey

  • Football

  • Gymnastics

  • Handball

  • Ice Hockey

  • Lacrosse

  • Martial Arts

  • Racquetball

  • Roller Hockey

  • Rugby

  • Shot Putting

  • Skateboarding

  • Skiing

  • Skydiving

  • Soccer

  • Squash

  • Surfing

  • Volleyball

  • Water Polo

  • Weightlifting

  • Wrestling

A properly fitted and protective mouthguard is in important equipment investment, especially when considering the cost of dental work for damaged teeth. With a lifetime of care, repair of damage can cost thousands of dollars per tooth. Repaired teeth also can develop other dental problems, such as periodontal disease.