From our teenage years on, we have just one set of teeth to last us a lifetime. Unfortunately, lost teeth are a far-too-common sports injury. That’s one of the reasons that the sports mouthguard is as essential as warming up and stretching. The American Dental Association reports that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth if they’re not wearing a mouth guard. *Not only does it protect the teeth by dissipating the force of direct contact, it also protects the tongue, lips and cheek lining.
*American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Play is safe: Prevent Childhood injuries on the Field with Simple Sports Safety Precautions, April 2, 2012