At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we want to raise awareness of the importance of athletic mouth protection. It is estimated that over 5 million teeth are knocked out each year. Many of these dental traumas occur on the playing field or court. Each dislodged tooth necessitates several trips to the dentist and hundreds of dollars in restoration outlays. Not to mention pain!
Most parents require their youth to wear helmets when biking and shinguards while playing soccer. We encourage them to emphasize the importance of mouth protection.
There are three main types of mouthguards: ready-to-wear, boil and bite, and custom-fitted. The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed and ready to wear. Unfortunately, they rarely fit well. (Though they are better than nothing.)
You can find boil and bite mouth protectors at Cincinnati sporting goods stores. They are to be softened in water and then formed to the mouth (follow the manufacturer’s directions).
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