The American Dental Association advises wearing mouthguards for children and adults in most recreational activities to cushion blows that could cause broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. It is believed that they can also reduce the severity and incidence of concussions.

There are several types of protective mouthguards. While “boil-&-bite” types do not require a dental fitting, the most comfortable are custom-made. Dr. Barbat can also make mouthguards for lower teeth, which are equally vulnerable to damage.