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According to the American Dental Association, on an average year, more than 200,000 oral injuries are stopped because the victim was wearing a sports mouth guard. If you are involved in sports, it’s very important to safeguard your smile by wearing an appropriate oral appliance during an athletic game or performance. A sports mouth guard cushions your jaw, teeth and gums to prevent accidental harm and serious oral injury.

It is recommended by the American Dental Association that anyone who participates in sporting activities should wear a mouth guard to protect their smile. This includes soccer, basketball, football, tennis and even gymnastics and other non-contact sports. By wearing a sports mouth guard, you can protect your teeth from injury in the instance of a hard blow to the face that could pack enough force to fracture, break, displace or knock out a tooth. Injuries can also result in bitten lips and cheeks and fractures in the jaw.

Your local sporting goods stores should carry a basic stock mouth guard, which is the least expensive and can be found in three different sizes. Another option is a boil and bite mouth guard, which is soaked in hot water until it can be molded to your mouth shape. However, if you want a mouth guard that is comfortable and has an ideal fit that won’t cause speech impairment or breathing issues, we recommend a custom-made sports mouth guard. This appliance can be provided by our dentist at Michael J Leahy DDS

Please feel free to contact our office at 614-848-4900 today to discuss your options for sports mouth guards in Columbus, Ohio, with Dr. Michael J Leahy so that you can better protect your smile.