Sports guards are an important piece of athletic equipment for anyone participating in a sport that involves falls, body contact or flying equipment. This includes football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, skateboarding, gymnastics, mountain biking — any activity that might result in an injury to the mouth. A sports guard is an appliance worn over your teeth that protects them from blows to the mouth, face and head. Sports guards typically cover the upper teeth, and are designed to protect against broken teeth, cut lips and other damage to your mouth. The sport guard also helps protect you from concussions. If you wear braces or have other fixed dental work (such as a bridge or veneers), your dentist may suggest a sports guard to protect these teeth as well.