Mouthguards are pliable plastic devices used in sports to protect the oral cavity, including the lips, teeth, jaw, and gums. Mouthguards are also known as gum shields, mouth protectors, and mouth shields. Mouthguards are used to avoid and reduce trauma to the mouth during collision sports, such as American football, boxing, rugby, lacrosse, and ice hockey, and during contact sports, such as basketball and soccer.


The risk of injury is greater in collision sports than in contact sports. Oral cavity trauma is not life threatening, but associated maxillofacial injuries and ...

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