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Why should I wear a mouthguard when playing sports?

A properly fitted mouthguard, or mouth protector, is an important piece of athletic gear that can help protect your smile. You should use a mouthguard during any activity that could result in a blow to the face or mouth.

Mouthguards help prevent broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. A properly fitted mouthguard will stay in place while you are wearing it. It should be easy for you to talk and breathe.

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