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Today, most adults recognize that leading a healthy, active lifestyle is a big plus. Moderate exercise has been shown to help lower blood pressure, keep cholesterol levels under control, and even reduce feelings of anxiety or depression. To stay active, some 150 million adults in the United States get involved in sports or physical recreation every year. And every year, some of those active folks wind up being treated for sports-related dental injuries.
A high-quality, custom-made mouthguard should be part of every athlete's equipment; it's a small protective device that fits over your teeth and absorbs the force of an impact, helping to protect the mouth from damage. There are different kinds of mouthguards available from various sources. They include “off-the-shelf” types found in some sports retailers and big-box stores. These inexpensive guards come in small to large sizes and are generally worn by clenching them between the teeth. They are probably better than nothing if you don't mind wearing them—but they can be uncomfortable and are of uncertain quality.
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