A blow to the face can send shockwaves through the skull, fracturing the front teeth, while other, more severe injuries can result in serious trauma such as concussion, jaw and gum damage.
That's why athletes who use mouthguards are at less risk of a serious oral injury following a blow to the face.
Many sports organisations, clubs and schools have made it compulsory for athletes to use mouthguards ensuring that they are protected against injury at all times.
Injury reduction and prevention
There are two types of impact to the oral area:
This is a direct frontal blow to the upper jaw, which, if unprotected, may result in damage to or loss of teeth and the possibility of concussion.
This is a more common blow to the lower jaw. The lower teeth are pushed upwards, bringing them into contact with the upper teeth. Significant damage can be caused to the other teeth and to the jaw.
To reduce or prevent damage from a direct or indirect blow during sports activity, custom-made mouthguards are an essential part of an athlete's kit.
Why should you choose a custom-made mouthguard over a boil-and-bite?