Wear a Mouth Guard While Playing Sports

Did you know that baseball and basketball have the highest incidence of sports-related dental injuries in children ages 7-17? Although mouth guards are only mandatory for some youth sports such as ice hockey, football and lacrosse, dental professionals recommend they be worn for all athletic activities where there is a strong potential for contact with other participants or hard surfaces. This video provides resources to help teach kids why it’s important to wear a mouth guard while playing sports.

Discussion Questions

What sports have the highest incidents related to dental injury in children ages 7 – 17?

What injuries can be prevented by wearing a mouth guard when playing sports?

What are some things to look for when choosing a mouth guard?