Here are four reasons why you should always wear a mouth guard while playing sports.
1. Mouth Guards Protect Against Jaw Fractures
Mouth guards can protect your jaw from fractures. It reduces the amount of shock to the jaw joint as the upper and lower jaw collide and cushions the blow.
2. Mouth Guards Protect Against Tooth Loss
Mouth guards usually cover your upper teeth. They protect not only the mouth but gums, soft tissues and jaw as well. They work by redistributing the force of the impact.
3. Mouth Guards Protect Against Tooth Fractures
Teeth can easily be chipped or broken while playing sports. By wearing a mouth guard, the American Dental Association reports that athletes who play sports with a mouth guard are 60 times less likely to damage their teeth than those who play without one.