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Sports Mouth Guard

Sports Mouth Guard

Dental mouth guards have long been used to protect the teeth, gums and supporting tissues from damage, injury and trauma. There are two types of sports mouth guards – over the counter and custom. While OTC guards are helpful for occasional use, many dental patients require the benefit of a customized dental mouth guard fitted by a dentist to effectively prevent injury.

Caring for your new custom mouth guard is simple.

The American Dental Association recommends keeping protected in a sturdy container in between usage. You should also be careful to clean your mouth guard after use and occasionally soak it in cool, soapy water for thorough sanitation. Custom dental mouth guards are designed for durability, but it is important to check your mouth guard for signs of wear every few months. Mouth guards for children and teens must be replaced frequently to account for growing jaws and changes to the teeth.

Symptoms and Risks

Participating in sports and physical activities without proper mouth protection can lead to various dental issues, including:

  • Tooth Fractures: The impact of contact sports can cause fractures or chips in your teeth.
  • Gum Injuries: Sports-related accidents can harm your gums, leading to bleeding and discomfort.
  • Jaw Injuries: A strong impact can result in jaw injuries, affecting your bite and overall oral health.

Why Sports Mouth Guards are Needed

Sports mouth guards are essential because they:

  • Protect Teeth: Mouth guards act as a barrier, reducing the risk of dental injuries during sports.
  • Cushion Blows: They absorb the shock from impacts, preventing damage to your teeth, gums, and jaws.
  • Promote Confidence: Knowing your smile is protected can boost your confidence during sports.

Treatment Process

At Fedorciw, Massoumi & Kolbig, we offer customized sports mouth guards designed for your comfort and protection:

  1. Consultation: We evaluate your dental needs and discuss the importance of mouth guards.
  2. Impressions: We take impressions of your teeth to create a custom-fitted mouth guard.
  3. Fitting: Once your mouth guard is ready, we ensure it fits comfortably and provides maximum protection.


An athlete wearing a Sports Mouth Guard on their helmet

To safeguard your smile during sports activities, follow these prevention tips:

  • Always wear your sports mouth guard during practice and games.
  • Rinse and clean your mouth guard regularly to maintain hygiene.


With proper care and regular check-ups, your sports mouth guard can provide long-term protection for your smile. It is essential to replace it if it becomes damaged or no longer fits correctly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a dental mouth guard?

There are many reasons why wearing a dental mouth guard could be right for you. A few examples include:

  • Nighttime wear to prevent damage from teeth grinding and bruxism
  • Tooth and lip protection during high-impact sports, such as martial arts
  • To serve as a barrier between the lips and oral appliances, such as metal braces
  • To protect fragile bridgework

What should I expect when my dentist fits me for a mouth guard?

Your visit will consist of taking an impression of your teeth that will be used as a mold for your new mouth guard. You may even be able to leave your dental appointment with your custom mouth guard in-hand.

Should I follow any special instructions?

Before you leave your dentist’s office with your new mouth guard, you’ll receive instructions on how and when to wear it. If you suffer from TMJ disorders or bruxism, for example, you will likely wear your mouth guard at night. If you participate in recreational sports, however, you may only need to wear your mouth guard during physical activity.

Contact Us for Custom Sports Mouth Guards

For customized sports mouth guards and expert dental care, please contact Fedorciw, Massoumi & Kolbig at 860-635-4666. Our team is dedicated to helping you protect your smile while enjoying sports and physical activities.