Do you need to wear mouthguards?
Many patients ask me if they need mouthguards when playing sports. The most direct answer is it depends on them and the type of sport they are playing. If they aren’t accident-prone and pretty coordinated, the need for a mouthguard is less. However, contact sports such as football, wrestling, basketball, etc. usually justify having a mouthguard more than less aggressive sports such as golf, tennis, bowling, etc.. However, accidents can happen in any sport. One of the beauties of the mouth is that if your child does get hit in the face, the mouth heals very well and quickly. If such an incident happens, he/she may need to go to a medical/dental professional for evaluation, but most of the time, the mouth heals up well by itself without any significant intervention.