A blow to the face can
send shockwaves through
the skull, fracturing the front
teeth, while other, more severe
injuries can result in serious
trauma such as concussion,
jaw and gum damage.
That’s why athletes who use mouthguards are at less risk of a serious oral injury following a blow to the face. Many sports organisations, clubs and schools have made it compulsory for athletes to use mouthguards, ensuring that they are protected against injury at all times.
There are two types of impact to the oral area: Direct This is a direct frontal blow to the upper jaw which, if unprotected, may result in damage to or loss of teeth and the possibility of concussion. Indirect This is a more common blow to the lower jaw. The lower teeth are pushed upwards, bringing them into contact with the upper teeth. Significant damage can be caused to the other teeth and to the jaw.
Custom-made mouthguards To reduce or prevent damage from a direct or indirect blow during sports activity, custom made mouthguards are an essential part of an athletes kit.