Wearing a sports guard for contact sports is imperative. Sports such as Rugby, Karate, Taekwondo, Water Polo and Hockey, should never be played without protection; unfortunately we are also seeing an increasing number of injuries to footballers, who would be well advised to adopt the wearing of gum shields.
Gum shields protect your teeth from obvious physical damage, which we see far too often.
Wearing a gum shield gives protection against troublesome tissue injuries, such as split lips.
In addition, in the case of a really heavy blow they will help protect against more serious conditions such as concussion. Unfortunately once a tooth has been broken, even with advanced modern dentistry it can never be restored to its original condition.