3. Playing sports without a mouthguard
It’s common to see professional athletes in football, hockey and boxing wearing mouthguards, but oral protection is also important for recreational athletes of all ages. “In any sport where you could potentially be hit in the face, a mouthguard is a good thing,” says Swan. Different styles of mouthguards are available, ranging from the cheapest option – ‘boil-and-bite’ mouthguards that you can make at home with DIY kits – to customized guards created by your dentist. This version is pricier, but offers an exact fit as well as comfort and protection. Not sure if you need one? Put your money where your mouth is – the cost of fixing damaged teeth will be considerably higher than the price of a mouthguard.