Home > Health & Wellness > Health Library > Mouth Guards for Sports
Mouth guards are U-shaped pieces of plastic that fit between the
upper and lower teeth, protectively molding 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.
Current as of:
January 2, 2013
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & William F. Hohlt, DDS - Orthodontics
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more, visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Call First Nurse 24 Hours a Day for free health care advice, resources and referrals!
Ames: 515-239-6877In Iowa: 800-524-6877
Search health information online in our Mulimedia Health Library.
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
Patient Privacy |
Net Learning for Employees |
MGMC PACS for Physicians
1111 Duff Avenue Ames, IA 50010 - 515-239-2011 - firstname.lastname@example.org
©2014 Mary Greeley Medical Center - All rights reserved.