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Are All Sports Helped by Wearing Mouth Guards?


Posted on 11/20/2019 by Gilbert Family Dentistry
Are All Sports Helped by Wearing Mouth Guards?Many sports can be dangerous to not only your body, but also your teeth.

That is why it's necessary to wear the proper protection whenever playing a sport, but are mouth guards always necessary when playing every sport? To figure out this question, there's a few questions you can ask yourself to know whether a mouth guard is appropriate to wear for any sport.

Each Sport If Different And So Are Mouth Guards

The first thing to think about when you want to know if a mouth guard is appropriate to wear for a sport is whether the sport is a contact sport or not. It may be simple to figure this out, but you may have to change the way you decide what a contact sport is. Sure, football is an easy sport to consider to be a contact sport, but have you thought about soccer or baseball?

Both soccer and baseball can pose serious harm to your teeth even though they aren't direct contact sports. For example, it's easy to have someone's elbow hit your mouth while playing soccer. While the contact may not be intentional, it could still cause harm to your teeth. The same goes for baseball. Even though baseball players don't typically seek to hit another player with the ball, it can happen, and a baseball to the mouth can easily break teeth.

The next question to ask is will a mouth guard make the sport impossible to play. Sports like swimming, running, and track may not require the use of a mouth guard and in some cases can actually hinder the athlete quite a bit. Mouth guards will always restrict breathing through the mouth a little, however, the tradeoff in some circumstances is necessary. Swimming in particular is a sport that you don't want to restrict air flow while competing or practicing because of the risk of drowning.

If you're an athlete, it's important to stay protected in every way possible. Occasionally, you will need to weigh the pros and cons of a mouth guard, but in general, you should always wear a mouth guard for contact sports. If you would like a mouth guard, we have you covered. We can make you a custom fitted mouth guard that will protect your teeth while making it easier to breathe through your mouth. Give us a call and we can help you out.

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