When Should You Wear a Mouth Guard?
Choose a mouth guard when there is a chance of your head making contact with other participants or a hard surface. Winter sports where this can happen include hockey, lacrosse, football, basketball, indoor soccer, skiing, and snowboarding.
What Types of Mouth Guards Are Available?
The cheapest option, stock guards are available over the counter in a one-size-fits-all format, which means that there’s no real fit at all. When you wear a stock guard you have to keep your mouth closed for it to stay in place. This option is definitely less than ideal: stock guards interfere with speech and breathing and are generally pretty uncomfortable. Given that speaking and breathing are a 7 and 10 out of 10 respectively on the “fairly important in life” scale, this is a significant issue.