Football season is here, and we want to make sure that you and your loved ones are fully prepared and protected with mouth guards. Without a mouth guard, you or your child is more easily susceptible to concussions and injuries to the teeth, lips, tongue, and soft tissue of the mouth. We have included some research into mouth guards to help make certain you are using the correct mouth guard.

In the past several years there has been a heightened awareness of traumatic brain injuries resulting from contact sports, especially football. We now know traumatic brain injuries have both short and long-term consequences. Research into protective equipment has increased to minimize the risks associated with playing contact sports.

Mouth guards have been shown to reduce injuries in football players. There are two types of mouth guards commonly used. Custom made, properly fitted mouth guards (CMM) and over the counter (OTC) mouth guards. In a research study conducted by Winters and DeMont of 6 high school football teams in western Pennsylvania, three teams wore CMM and three teams wore OTC mouth guards. A key element in the success of the mouth guards is the thickness of the posterior section of the guard. Results showed that the CMM made guards were on average 3.6 mm thick and the OTC guards were on average 1.65mm thick in the posterior region There were a total of 24 incidences of traumatic brain injury/concussion. Eight occurrences in which the athletes were using CMM guards of 3.65 mm in average thickness and 16 incidences in the athletes using the OTC guards of 1.65mm on average thickness. Results showed that custom-made mouth guards may reduce the incidence of mild concussions mainly because of the increased thickness in the posterior region of the more accurately made mouth guard.

If you have any questions regarding mouth guards for any sport, feel free to call us or you can email me personally at [email protected].