Opting for a mouth guard is one of the most popular options for protecting your teeth, and for good reason. Two subtle pieces of equipment can have a tremendous positive impact on protecting your teeth. If you play a physical, contact sport such as football, hockey, or soccer, a mouth guard should be used. There are cheaper options for mouthguards, including over the counter options as well as boil-and-bite mouthguards that will mold to your mouth. However, keep in mind that these options don’t always offer the best fit and can even be uncomfortable to wear. Our dentist in Chesterfield, MO can create a custom mouth guard for you that will provide you with the protection you need.
Another way to protect your mouth while playing sports is by wearing a helmet, especially one with a faceguard attached. Helmets are required for sports like hockey, baseball, and football and prevent both head and mouth injuries. If the sport you play requires a helmet, make sure to pick a helmet that is designed for your particular sport. For example, you wouldn’t want to wear a baseball helmet when you are playing football, and vice-versa. For even more protection during these rough sports, you should wear a mouthguard in addition to a helmet to ensure your mouth stays protected.