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    Wear a mouthguard when you drill, roll, or spar

    Wear a mouthguard when you drill, roll, or spar.
    It's not just the $3,000 full implant replacement of the tooth that gets knocked out.
    It's not just having to replace fillings as they get knocked loose.
    It's not just ending up with every tooth in your mouth having visible chips.
    If you do the sport for any of the time, as in real time, couple decades or a few decades,
    all of the microfractures in your teeth end up being cumulative.
    Nowadays, modern dentists can crown you up or implant you some new teeth,
    but it is expensive, unpleasant, and actually unnecessary.
    Get a quality sports mouthguard and wear it while you grapple, or drill, or spar.
    And, get dental cleaning a couple times a year with a dental check up.
    Horse and fighters, ya gotta keep their teeth and gums in good health.

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    Too late for me, decent advice though.

    Mostly not done by judoka, my experience is that they inhibit breathing to some degree (based on complaints from students of mine who wear them or have worn them).

    I've heard that they may help prevent concussions, but a cursory search of the interwebz suggests not true.

    http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/35/2/81

    Same paper suggest that the full-on custom jobs are the way to go for truly effective mouthguards.

    My boys wear them (it's mandatory, as are cups) when practicing/playing Lacrosse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WFMurphyPhD View Post
    Wear a mouthguard when you drill, roll, or spar.
    Absolutely agree.... but I always forget it in the bag and when I remember about it it's too late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKR View Post
    ... My boys wear them (it's mandatory, as are cups) when practicing/playing Lacrosse.
    Oddly, cups are not mandatory in all cases. Youth, I think so, but high school (I think) and college they are optional -- just when you'd want to wear one the most.

    I need to get a copy of the NFHS rulebook for 2017. In 2015 they were optional.

    It does stipulate that referees are not responsible for checking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarshMallow View Post
    Oddly, cups are not mandatory in all cases. Youth, I think so, but high school (I think) and college they are optional -- just when you'd want to wear one the most.

    I need to get a copy of the NFHS rulebook for 2017. In 2015 they were optional.

    It does stipulate that referees are not responsible for checking.
    Even I would wear a cup if playing lacrosse. And in 37 years of Judo I've never worn a cup.

    Or a mouth guard for that matter.
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    Had my partner elbow me in the mouth whilst going for a choke. Didn't lose any teeth but they hurt and had that odd spongy feeling for about a week; never forgotten my mouth guard since. I tried wearing a cup whilst rolling but I couldn't get on with it so I ditched it.
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    I never wear a cup.

    The first time I rolled with a cup wearing dude and felt it I was "what the ****, this guy is having a boner!!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKR View Post
    My boys wear them (it's mandatory, as are cups) when practicing/playing Lacrosse.
    After attending a pro lacrosse game here last weekend, I think your boys should wear rubber suits like the Michelin Man. Holy **** that is a rough game.

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    I have been a proponent of mouth guards while grappling for a long time. Basically since I grappled for the first time and I used the thing between my ears to determine that my teeth could get knocked out doing this ****.

    It amazes me that so many people don't wear them. How much imagination does it take to envision an inadvertent headbutt to your face as you're grappling?

    I see it with kids all the time. My kids are in the small minority of kids who wear them at their gym. I think it's madness. I don't **** around on that issue, either. My kids know they are in for an ass chewing if I see them training with any resistance whatsoever without a mouthpiece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil View Post
    I have been a proponent of mouth guards while grappling for a long time. Basically since I grappled for the first time and I used the thing between my ears to determine that my teeth could get knocked out doing this ****.

    It amazes me that so many people don't wear them. How much imagination does it take to envision an inadvertent headbutt to your face as you're grappling?

    I see it with kids all the time. My kids are in the small minority of kids who wear them at their gym. I think it's madness. I don't **** around on that issue, either. My kids know they are in for an ass chewing if I see them training with any resistance whatsoever without a mouthpiece.
    If you start people off using mouthguards when they begin training, it becomes second nature to them.

    Also, there is a small percentage of people *who actually stick their tongue out* to one side of their mouth when they grapple intensely or drill. Making those folks wear a mouth guard is the only way I have found to stop them from doing so.

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