Your teeth are made of one of the hardest materials in the world. But that doesn't mean they are unbreakable. There's a real risk of damage to your teeth if they are hit with any amount of force, such as during a football or soccer game or if you were to fall when riding a bike. That's why dentists recommend wearing mouth guards during sports or other physical activity.
Mouth guards come in a variety of styles and shapes. Some have a lip guard mouthpiece on the front, while others cover the top row of teeth only. Understanding which injuries are the most common during sports and how different mouth guards protect the teeth and other parts of the mouth can help you determine which type is right for you.