Proper Mouth Protection for Athletes


Tonight is the arrival of the first ever College Football Playoff. The Heisman winner, Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks will take on Urban Meyer and his Ohio State team. It will be an excellent match for the inaugural championship game.

While we hope that no players will be injured, it is important for athletes to take proper precautions to protect their bodies. This includes things like helmets, pads, braces and other appropriate attire for the grueling physical nature of sports like football. One thing that often gets overlooked by athletes is protection for their teeth. While a helmet can protect a football player’s mouth, it is important to remember when playing other contact sports like basketball and hockey to wear a properly fitted mouth guard. This can help prevent injuries such as chipped or broken teeth that may cost thousands of dollars to repair.

A simple mouth guard can be purchased for $5-$15 at a local sporting goods store and ready to use in just a couple of minutes. They can be a little awkward to use and make talking difficult, but will save time, money and pain. Your local dentist can recommend brands and sizes for your athletic needs. They can help instruct you on how to prepare a mouth guard before use and how to maintain it. Mouth guards can save teethe and help you maintain a healthy smile.

For More information about mouth guards and other ways to prevent oral health problems please visit The Center of Dental Professionals in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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