Mouth guards may not be the most comfortable thing to wear, but they do pay off in the end. In sports, mouth guards are mandatory due to how physical sports are inherently, especially when those soccer players are throwing elbows. There are even different types of mouth guards for those who are picky about how to protect their baby teeth. So to keep those pearly whites, even those cheeks and jaws safe, buy that ugly mouth guard please.
- Sports-related dental injuries send more than 600,000 people to the emergency room every year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
- Most of these injuries involve the front teeth, but the tongue and cheeks can also be hurt while playing sports, the UAB team said.
- The best way to protect the mouth and teeth during sports is to wear a mouthguard, says Dr. Ken Tilashalski, associate dean for academic affairs at the UAB School of Dentistry. Mouthguards have been shown to reduce the risk of sports-related dental injury by 60 times, he said.
“Sports-related dental injuries send more than 600,000 people to the emergency room every year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.”