Mouth guards have recently been linked in helping reduce brain injuries in contact sports.
A recent article from the Academy of General Dentistry showed that wearing a mouth guard helped to reduce the risk of concussion and other mild brain injuries that came from contact sports such as football. In the study, two teams of players were asked to wear either a custom-made mouth guard or a generic mouth guard during play. It was seen that those with a custom-made mouth guard had half the likelihood of getting a brain injury during play, such as a concussion. Brain injuries such as these have been linked to other neurological diseases, specifically epilepsy, memory loss, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).