Dental injuries in people taking an active part in contact sports and other recreational activities are common. To reduce the risk of such damages, it is always advisable for the players to wear sports guards. Sports guards are also a type of mouthguard or mouth protector that, when worn, protects the face from getting injured from blows to the face and head. It is a must for people who participate in sports like football, hockey, basketball, baseball, boxing, etc. Not only sportspersons need to wear sports guards, but people doing gymnastics, mountain biking, skateboarding, etc. are also at risk of injuring their teeth, and hence they too should wear sports guards.
Typically sports guards are worn on the upper teeth and help prevent any damage to the mouth to a considerable degree. Patients using braces are particularly advised to use sports guards in both jaws, but others use it only in the upper jaw. When a person has a crown, bridge or retainer, he or she should use a sports guard in both jaws. The fitting and comfort level of the sports guard is significant because concentration should be on the game and not on the teeth. Speech and breathing should not be affected. From time to time, you should visit your dentist to get the sports guard checked. Regular cleaning of the sports guard with toothpaste and brush is also a must.