Mouth guards are U-shaped pieces of plastic that fit between the upper and lower teeth, protectively moulding around the upper teeth. Use of a mouth guard can prevent dental and jaw injury during sports. Dental injury may lead to misalignment of the teeth (malocclusion). Although some amateur sports, such as football, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, and boxing, require the use of mouth guards, dentists recommend mouth guard use in any sport that may cause dental injury.
Different types of mouth guards are available.
Mouth guards are meant to protect the teeth and mouth. They don't prevent gradual tooth movement.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineDonald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofMay 7, 2017
Current as of: May 7, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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