Did you know that mouth guards are not just great looking, they actually serve a bigger purpose. Mouth guards are recommended for ANY sport that there could potentially be any physical contact with another person or object. That includes more sports and activities than you may think.
Field Hockey Hockey
Injuries that can be prevented or lessened by wearing a mouth guard:
Fractured Maxillary bone (Jaw Bone)
Displacement of injured tooth
Tooth getting knocked out
Injuries to orthodontic appliances
Root damage to teeth
*Most people don't realize that concussions can be caused by the lower jaw slamming into the upper jaw and causing the brain to be jostled around. A mouth guard will not stop the lower jaw from moving but instead of the force being transferred to the upper jaw, most of the impact is absorbed into the mouth guard thus lessening the force of trauma to the brain.
There are different types of mouth guards. The 2 main types are, custom made mouth guards or over-the-counter guards, that can be bought at any pharmacy or sports store. Custom made guards are much more comfortable to wear, are less bulky and they can protect the teeth better because they are made to be a perfect fit. Over-the-counter guards are less expensive but research has shown that if the guard is uncomfortable to wear they might not get used enough or properly. If the mouth guard is just sitting in the athletes gym bag it's less likely to protect their teeth.