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http://www.tupelosmiles.com/ http://tupelodentist.com Anyone who participates in a sport that carries a significant risk of injury should wear a mouth protector. This includes a wide range of sports like football, basketball, baseball, gymnastics, and volleyball. Mouth protectors, which typically cover the upper teeth, can cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth. If you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw, your dentist may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth as well. There are three different types of mouth protectors: STOCK- These are inexpensive and come pre-formed. Unfortunately, they don't fit very well. BOIL & BITE - These protectors fit better than the stock versions. They are usually softened in water before inserting and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth. CUSTOM-FITTED -- This type is made by your dentist for you personally. They are more expensive, but fit and protect very well. If your child plays contact sports and needs a mouth protector, talk with your dentist about your options.