A mouthguard is a protective device that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, arches, lips, gums and brain.
A properly-fitted mouthguard can cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth.
Custom-fitted mouthguards can play a role in preventing concussions. When the upper and lower teeth slam together, the force of the impact is transmitted to the brain which can cause a concussion. A custom-fitted mouthguard can provide a resilient, protective surface to distribute and disperse the impact.