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Mouth guards

Did you know that the most injured area of the body during contact sports is the mouth? Dental injuries are painful, costly, and often permanent. A mouth guard is an appliance worn in the mouth which helps prevent injuries to the teeth, lips, cheeks, tongue, and jaw. With out mouth protection, oral injuries may result in chipped, fractured or loosened teeth. You don’t need to be a professional athlete to benefit from wearing a mouth guard. Mouth guards are required when playing football and hockey, but should even be worn when bike riding or roller blading. Anyone involved in a recreational activity that poses a risk of injury to the mouth can obtain protection with this important safety device.

A mouth guard should:

  • provide maximum protection from a traumatic force
  • remain in place during sports activity
  • not interfere with breathing or speech
  • be comfortable to wear
  • be easy to clean