Diseases & Conditions : Oral Health
Mouth Guards and Dental Emergencies
The importance of mouthguards
A mouthguard, usually a flexible piece of plastic that fits into the mouth, should be worn during all recreational and athletic activities to protect the mouth and teeth from serious injury -- especially activities where there is contact or potential contact with another person, piece of equipment, or the ground. In particular, mouthguards should be worn during the following sports:
Some of these sports require the use of a mouthguard at the amateur level.
Many recreational activities such as skateboarding and bicycling also pose a risk of injuring the mouth and teeth. Exercise caution during these activities.
Mouthguards and preventable injuries
Injuries to the teeth, mouth, and head may include the following, many of which could be prevented with proper and consistent use of a mouthguard:
Dislodged or knocked out tooth/teeth
Broken or chipped tooth
Bitten or lacerated tongue and/or lip
Objects caught/lodged between the teeth
Jaw collision -- the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw