Mouth guards protect your teeth from impacts during physical activity. They cover your teeth which helps secure it in place and holds your jaw together. Not only will a mouth guard keep your teeth protected, but it distributes the force evenly around your mouth which reduces the possibility of injuries to the head like concussions or a broken jaw.
There are a few types of mouth guards that you should know about. Depending on the level of protection you need and how much money you are willing to spend, you may opt for one over the other.
Pre-made “stock” mouth guards are readily available in most sporting goods stores at low prices. They offer minimal protection and may not fit very well. Next are DIY boil-and-bite mouth guards which can be used to make a custom-fitted guard for your teeth. The best and most expensive option is to get a custom-fitted mouth guard from a dentist.