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5 Reasons To Wear A Mouth Guard

When you first hear “mouth guard” you probably picture a football player or some similar sports player. Mouth guards are typically used to protect the teeth of those involved in highly physical activities. They are other uses for mouth guards as well, such as some low contact sports and to prevent the grinding of teeth while one is sleeping.

The first mouthguard was made in 1890 by Woolf Krause and he named it the gum shield. The first sport to incorporate mouth guards was boxing. Yes, they were low quality compared to the types you are allotted nowadays, but nonetheless, they were used.

Mouthguard Types

In today’s time, there are now three main types of mouthguards you can purchase. They are the following:

Stock Mouth Protectors

Stock Mouth Protectors can be found at a local sporting goods store. They are very cheap and they come ready to wear.

Boil and Bite Mouth Protectors

Boil and Bite Mouth Protectors can also be bought at a local sporting goods store, but they do not come ready to wear. You must boil this mouth guard to soften it and then bite it to form a mold of your mouth and teeth.

Custom-fitted Mouth Protectors

Lastly, the Custom-fitted Mouth Protectors are made specific to the person, and you would not be able to find one of these at your local store because they are custom fitted.

How Mouthguards Are Beneficial

  • Reduces chance of a concussion
  • Protects jaw joints against injury
  • Provides cushion for teeth
  • Prevents grinding of teeth during sleep
  • Protects teeth from physical activities
  • Prevention of teeth grinding

These reasons are of great importance. Knowing that simply wearing a mouthguard can prevent potential neurological damage and keep you safe during physical activity is reason enough to go out and buy one!