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Why should I wear a mouthguard during sports?

Certain sports, like hockey and martial arts, are prone to face and teeth injury. But even sports like tennis, volleyball, gymnastics and baseball have a high risk for these injuries. According to the American Dental Association, wearing a mouth guard not only protects your teeth but can also protect against injuries to the jaw, face, tongue and lips. While some people may electively pierce their lips or tongues, no one wants to have a tooth through these sensitive parts of the body. Look for mouth guards that are flexible, resist tearing, do not restrict your breathing, and have a proper fit.
When it comes to protecting your smile during active sports, a properly fitted mouthguard is a key piece of athletic gear. Mouthguards cushion impact that may otherwise cause broken teeth, jaw injuries, or cuts to the lip, tongue or face.

Mouthguards are most commonly used in contact sports, such as boxing, football, hockey and lacrosse. However, evidence has shown that even in non-contact sports like gymnastics or skateboarding, mouthguards help prevent mouth and jaw injuries.

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