What does a mouthguard do?
A mouth guard creates a barrier between your teeth and the object of impact. Basically forming a protective layer that absorbs some of the blow, preventing your teeth from being knocked out if you're punched during a boxing session and playing other contact sports such as Rugby. The best mouth guard for you should be durable to against concentrated force, like the ones coming from a punch, and resistant to tears.
Are mouthguards mandatory in contact sports?
It's mandatory that professional athletes, like boxers and MMA fighters, wear a mouth piece during competition. In GAA, it recently became mandatory for players to wear a mouthguard in Gaelic football games and practice sessions. The use of mouthguards is still optional in Hurling.
What is a boxing mouth guard called?
A mouth guard – also called mouth piece, etc. – is a protective accessory that minimizes the risk of injuries to teeth and gum in contact sports and Martial Marts. The mouthguard was possibly conceived for use in boxing, but it's now widespread in several contact sports, like Rugby, Gaelic Football and MMA.
Should you wear a mouthguard when sparring?
Besides wearing heavier gloves (i.e.: 16oz boxing gloves) and a headguard, a mouthguard is also an indispensable tool when sparring, as it protects the teeth against blows and the inner part of the lip against lip lacerations.