A sportsguard is a flexible appliance that is worn in athletic and recreational activities to protect teeth from trauma. Our office unanimously supports the use of sportsguards for both children and adults in a variety of sports activities.
A sportsguard can prevent serious injuries such as broken teeth, jaw fractures, cerebral hemorrhage and neck injuries by helping to avoid situations where the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw. Sportguards may also reduce the incidence and severity of concussions.
Anytime there is a strong chance for contact with other participants or hard surfaces, it is advisable to wear a sportsguard. Players who participate in hockey, soccer, basketball, softball, football, martial arts, volleyball, squash, racquetball and wrestling should wear sportsguards while practicing and competing.