A mouthguard is a protective piece of plastic that fits into the mouth to protect the teeth from injury during athletic activities. In particular, your child should wear a mouthguard while participating in the following sports:
- field hockey
- ice hockey
- martial arts
Many recreational activities such as skateboarding and bicycling also pose a risk of injuring the mouth and teeth. Your child should use caution during these activities.
If your child's teeth are injured
The surgeons in the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital are here to help. We work closely with our colleagues in the departments of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics to make sure your child gets the best possible care.