A mouth guard is an appliance that covers the teeth, protecting them from damage or fracture when playing sports.

Types of mouth guards

The prefabricated mouth guards, which are purchased in stores, are more or less adjustable. They cost less, but are thick, cumbersome, and can make breathing difficult. They protect less the teeth and dentists do not recommend them.

Mouth Guards that are custom-made by a dentist are fabricated using impressions of the teeth in order to optimize the comfort and retention.

Role of mouth guards

  • Reducing the risk of concussion.
  • Reducing the risk of fractures of the jaws and of the teeth.
  • Reducing the severity of injuries to the lips, cheeks, and the tongue.

Who should wear a mouth guard?

According to studies, almost all physical activities, not only contact sports can be the cause of accidents to the teeth, the lips, the cheeks, the tongue, and the jaws.

It is specially recommended to wear a mouth guard for adults and kids who play baseball, basketball, cycling, football, handball, hockey, skating, skiing, boxing, and martial arts.

It is also highly recommended to have a mouth guard if the person is undergoing orthodontic treatments.


WebMD (www.webmd.com)
Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org)
Ordre des Dentistes du Québec (www.odq.qc.ca)

The information above should be used as a reference only. Any medical decision should not be taken before consulting a health care professional.

The masculine gender may have been more used in the article, but without prejudice, to make reading easier.

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