Athletic mouth guards and Concussions

Everyone agrees that wearing properly fitted mouth guards help to protect teeth from injury during participation in sporting events.

There are basically four types of mouth guards:

  1. Over the Counter, not mouth formed
  2. Boil and bite, mouth formed
  3. Cut-Off with no posterior tooth coverage
  4. Custom fabricated from a model of the upper arch

The fourth option is preferred as it is formed with heat and pressure and fits the teeth exactly.  This type of Athletic Guard cushions the teeth with a 3-4 mm thickness of material in the posterior area.  While not conclusively preventing concussions, some research indicates that such cushioning may lessen the impact of trauma to the head.

For suggestions regarding athletic mouth guards, ask your dentist at your next appointment with Life Smiles family dentistry in Plymouth, MN.