Dental injuries are among the most common sports injuries. Studies have shown that athletes not wearing mouthguards are 60 times more likely to suffer mouth injuries. Football is the exception: the required use of mouthguards in high school and college prevents over 200,000 injuries each year, according to the American Dental Association.
Mouthguards reduce the risk of mouth, face and jaw injuries, as well as broken teeth. The basic types of mouthguards include: