What is a mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a flexible appliance made out of plastic that is worn in athletic and recreational activities to protect teeth from trauma.
Why should I wear a mouthguard?
To protect your mouth from injuries. The dental profession unanimously supports the use of mouthguards in a variety of sports activities. More than 200,000 injuries to the mouth and jaw occur each year.
Do mouthguards prevent Injuries?
A mouthguard can prevent serious injuries such as concussions, cerebral hemorrhages, incidents of unconsciousness, jaw fractures and neck injuries by helping to avoid situations where the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw. Mouthguards are effective in moving soft tissue in the oral cavity away from the teeth, preventing laceration and bruising of the lips and cheeks, especially for those who wear orthodontic appliances.
In what sports should I wear a mouthguard?
与其它运动员或硬表面的接触的可能性时都应该戴护齿器。参加篮球、垒球、摔跤、足球、曲棍球、橄榄球、直线滚轮溜冰、工夫等运动及滑板和脚踏车等休闲活动的比赛时都应该戴护齿套。目前，拳击、美式足球、冰球、男子曲棍球和女子曲棍球等五种业余运动，无论在练习或比赛中一律要求戴护齿套。 Anytime there is a strong chance for contact with other participants or hard surfaces, it is advisable to wear a mouthguard. Players who participate in basketball, softball, wrestling, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, in-line skating, and martial arts as well as recreational sports such as skateboarding and bicycling should wear mouthguards while competing. Currently, five sports at the amateur level require mouthguards during practice and competition: boxing, football, ice hockey, men’s lacrosse and women’s field hockey.