Mouthguards are dental devices that cover your teeth. A properly fit mouthguard can help minimize the impact of a concussion and other injuries to the teeth, tongue, lips, jaw and face. They typically cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining.
HDS Mouthguard Benefits
Nearly 60% of children six-years-old or older participate in outdoor sports across the nation. This puts them at risk of an oral injury. One third of all sports injuries are to the face.
Some HDS plans partially cover one athletic mouthguard for patients ages 18 and younger every two years - parents should contact their child's dentist to ask about how mouthguards can protect their teeth. Check your HDS dental benefits by logging into your account on the members portal to verify if you or your dependent are eligible for an athletic mouthguard. If you don't have an online account, get started today by creating one!
In 2021, HDS has made a donation of about 10,000 Game On® mouthguards, the only mouthguard to earn the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, to high school athletics programs across the State of Hawaii and select sports athletes.
Parents and athletes should contact their coach or school’s athletic director or trainer to learn about getting a mouthguard to protect themselves from injury.