Many kids play sports year round, but as a new school year approaches it's a good time for both students and adults to evaluate how well our teeth are protected during contact sports. Of course everyone knows that you should wear a mouthguard when playing football or hockey. However the real danger lies during pick-up games of all sports, or games like soccer, softball or basketball, where mouthguards are not required. Although more than 5 million teeth are knocked out during sporting activities every year, mouthguards prevent over 200,000 injuries each year-this includes mouth cuts, jaw injuries, tooth damage and even damages to braces. So, now that you realize the need for a mouthguard, how do youfind the right one for you? There are mouthguards that can be purchased in sporting goods stores, however many people find them bulky and uncomfortable to wear. If you play sports on a regular basis, a better choice may be to have Dr. Siegelfabricate a custom mouthgard for you. When the appliance fits well, you are more likely to wear it, which meets the goal of protecting your teeth! Contact our office today and we will be happy to schedule your custom mouthguard fitting. And don't forget-some dentalinsurance plans offer a benefit for athletic mouthguards,as domost flexible spending plans.