A sports guard is a specially made, rubber-like cover which fits exactly over your teeth and gums, cushioning them and protecting them from damage.
It is important to wear a professionally made sports guard whenever you play sport that involves physical contact or moving objects. This includes: cricket, hockey and football - which can cause broken and damaged teeth; and American football, boxing and rugby - which can all cause broken or dislocated jaws. A sports guard will help protect against these events.
Your dentist will be happy to make you a custom-made sports guard, which will fit your mouth exactly and protect your teeth and gums properly. Custom-made sports guards can prevent damage to the jaw, neck and even the brain - helping to prevent the concussion and damage caused by a heavy blow, however they are not available on the NHS and you will have to pay a fee, but it is a small price to pay for peace of mind, and protecting your smile!