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The Importance of Sports Mouth Guards

Imagine what it would be like if you suddenly lost one or two of your teeth.  Smiling, talking and even eating would be different.

With kids going back to school and fall sports starting just around the corner, sports mouth guards should be on the list of priorities.  Mouth guards are an important piece of athletic equipment for anyone participating in contact sports or recreational activities that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth.  This includes basketball, football, gymnastics, hockey, mountain biking, rugby, skateboarding, soccer and more.

Did you know:

  • 75% of sport injuries occur when mouth guards were not worn
  • 56% of all concussions were suffered when mouth guards were not worn
  • 9% of all athletes have suffered some type of oral injury
  • Athletes of all ages are at risk for oral injury; using a mouth guard can help to prevent injury.

Mouth guards, also called mouth protectors, help to protect your teeth from hits to the face or head, minimizing the risk of injury.  They typically cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining.

The types of Dental Injuries that can occur without the use of a sports guard:

  • Broken Teeth
  • Chipped Teeth
  • Fractured Bridgework or Crowns
  • Lip / Cheek Injuries
  • Root damage to the teeth
  • Fractured jaws
  • Concussions

Mouth guards should be replaced after each season because they wear down over time, becoming less effective.  Replacement is even more important for adolescents because their mouths are growing and changing into adulthood.

To discuss your family’s sports mouth guard needs or to ask any other questions, book a free consultation today! Be sure to ask out you can save 50% off your custom sport guard when you book your appointment before August 31st!


Dawson Dental Centres are knowledgeable and caring, with 17 locations across Ontario including Downtown Toronto, Cambridge, Aurora and more. We offer General & Cosmetic Dentistry services such as dental implantsInvisalign invisible braces and dental veneers. New patients are warmly welcome!