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Sports and Dental Injuries

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Participation in organized and recreational sports poses a great risk of dental injuries. Dental injuries are one of the most common types of injuries sustained by athletes. They are also one of the most preventable types of sports-related injuries. Wearing a well-fitted mouthguard is the best defense to preventing sports-related injuries.

Types of Dental Injuries:

  • lacerated or cut lips, cheeks, tongue
  • bruised lips, cheeks, tongue
  • broken, fractured or dislocated jaw
  • broken or fractured teeth
  • shifted or knocked out teeth


  • reduce the chance of a dental injury
  • reduce the severity of a dental injury
  • are available in sporting goods stores
  • can be custom made by your dentist

Helpful Tips for Protecting Your Smile:

  • If the sport requires any type of protective equipment to be worn, include a mouthguard.
  • If balls, sticks, pucks or physical contacts are involved, wear a mouthguard.
  • Wear a mouthguard during practice and game time.
  • Mouthguards should fit comfortably and allow for easy breathing and speech.

For More Information, Contact:
Dental Health Services – Annapolis
J. Howard Beard Health Services Building
3 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Dental Health Services – Glen Burnie
North County Health Services Center
791 Aquahart Road, 2nd Floor
Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061

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