Many sports injuries and traumas can be prevented by the use of properly fitted mouth guards which protects more than just the teeth. It prevents one’s face from facing a heavy blow as the jaws crash against each other. Injuries resulted from sports activities usually affect both, the face and the teeth. Loss of front teeth, a shock to the base of the skull and chin can be prevented by the use of mouthguards.
The absence of mouthguards may also cause neck injuries during a severe blow. Mouthguards absorb shock energy and stop the teeth from vibrating on being hit. The impact of a direct blow is distributed by the cushioning of the frontal teeth. It helps avoid or minimize fractures or any kind of dislocation. The presence of a mouthguard is not only physically beneficial. It provides a psychological benefit to the player and reassurance about being protected.
There are several types of mouthguards available. Stock mouthguards are store-bought and are less common, as they are not very effective. Custom made mouthguards are designed to fit one’s mouth perfectly, and offer better protection.