Mouth Guards – So Important, They Could Save Your Life

Mouth Guards - So Important, They Could Save Your Life
Dental Health for Life
10, Jan 2018

For athletes of many different sports, mouth guards play a very important role. Especially in aggressive contact sports, mouth guards help a great deal to protect a player’s teeth and gums during impact situations.

While protecting your teeth is the most obvious benefit of wearing a mouth guard, it may come as a surprise to some that mouth guards protect much more than just that – and they can even save an athlete’s life.

By wearing a mouth guard, you can reduce the risk of serious brain injuries during sporting collisions – this is especially true for athletes who make use of custom mouth guards.

By helping to absorb shock, stabilising the head and neck and by limiting movement caused by a direct hit to the jaw, mouth guards can prevent some sports-related concussions.

A recent study found that rugby players wearing a store-bought mouth guard, were more than twice as likely to suffer mild traumatic brain injuries as opposed to those wearing a properly-fitted, custom mouth guard.

Sport that require the use of mouth guards:

  • Boxing
  • Field Hockey
  • American Football
  • Handball
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts
  • Roller Hockey
  • Rugby (Union & League)
  • Skateboarding
  • Skiing

Here at Dental Health for Life, we can custom-make a mouth guard for you – this offers optimal protection for your teeth as well as your most important organ, the brain.

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Wiltshire, SN15 3JF