Have you ever wondered how you would feel if you lost one or two of your front teeth? Smiling and face-to-face conversations would be uncomfortable. Eating would also become an issue; until your teeth are missing you might not miss them. Protecting your teeth is imperative to maintain good oral health. Wearing a mouth guard while participating in any sport can make the difference between keeping and losing one or several teeth. Teens suffer thousands of injuries every year during athletic activities. Mouth guards can prevent and lessen the severity of injuries to teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue. There are different types of mouth guards; ready-made, boil and bite and custom-made. Your dentist can help you decide which type of guard is best for you.