A member asked:

Should mouthguards be required for children playing basketball?

14 doctors weighed in across 4 answers
Dr. Scott Harwood answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Absolutely: Anything that can help prevent potential traumatic injury to the teeth should be used.

Answered 12/13/2012

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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Yes: I believe that mouthguards should be worn by anyone, who plays competitively or recreationally, adult or child. I know, basketball is supposed to be a"a non contact sport." sure, yeah right. Teeth can break, jaws can be dislocated, and especially concussions can occur playing basketball. Prevention is key!

Answered 12/9/2013

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Dr. Kayvon Javid answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Yes: Ideally yes. It's better to be safe.

Answered 9/30/2020

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Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Absolutely: Mouthguard should be worn for any and all contact sports, including basketball, soccer, messing around, hockey, football, etc. Any dentist can tell you about "sportsman's fractures, " diagonal fractures to front teeth, from errant baseballs, elbows, foreheads, hockey sticks, etc. See your family dentist for advice.

Answered 4/15/2013

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