If you are active in high-contact or high-impact sports, our dentists and team may recommend that you get a sports mouth guard to protect your teeth. Although many organized sports teams do not require participants to wear a sports guard, there are many reasons why you should choose to wear one. While many sports use different protective items, such as helmets or shoulder pads, those tools do not protect the jaw and teeth, and they should therefore be used in conjunction with an athletic mouth guard.

According to the American Dental Association®, each year, over five million Americans lose teeth in sports-related injuries.

A sports guard is designed to protect the teeth and jaw, and it can help prevent any of the following injuries:

  • Displaced teeth
  • Fractures to the jaw
  • Fractured teeth
  • Fractured tooth roots
  • Injuries to soft tissues of the mouth

Any participant in high-impact sports should protect their smile with a mouth guard. Although this isn’t a complete list, some of the common sports that the ADA recommends the use of mouth guards for include:

  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
  • Boxing
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Softball

There are many kinds of athletic mouth guards available, including pre-made, boil and bite, and custom-made. Dr. Ibrahim El-Garawany and associates can fit you for a custom-made sports mouth guard in Woodbridge, Virginia. The custom athletic guards our team at Adam Dental Care can make are comfortable to wear and are made to fit your smile precisely, which provides additional protection for your teeth.

If you have any questions, be sure to call our office at 703-221-9759. We look forward to caring for your smile.