Why you should wear a mouthguard when boxing
Without an effective mouthguard, boxing can lead to a multitude of mouth and dental injuries. Whether you're a new fighter or an experienced one, choosing the right mouthguard is extremely important before entering the ring and will help mitigate the severity of injuries to the mouth.
From biting your tongue to losing teeth, at Nxtrnd we've seen every injury possible due to refusing to wear a mouth guard. Because boxing, MMA, and martial arts all involve a lot of physical contact, chipped teeth and tissue damage are commonly seen among every athlete which is why wearing a mouthpiece is vital.
If you're contemplating wearing a mouthguard before entering the ring, here are the main reason you should:
1) Mouthguards protect your mouth from long term damage
Mouth injuries like lacerated lips, bitten tongues and direct teeth damage take a long time to heal and cause a lot of pain and hassle to deal with. The more injuries you have, the less often you can train and practice which will affect your performance in the long term.
The simple act of wearing a mouthguard can save you a lot of time and pain.
2) Wearing a mouthguard makes you feel more secure, increasing confidence and performance
Fighting is known to be more psychological than physical. In fact, many top level athletes claim the fight is won before entering the ring and that any positive thought can create the extra competitive edge needed to win.
Wearing a mouthguard will help you feel more secure and worry less about getting your teeth knocked out. Thus, increasing your confidence in the ring and allowing you to become the best you can be.
3) Save money on dental repairs
In the United States alone, more than $300 million dollars’ worth of dental fees are spent every year. Whether it's your top or bottom teeth that need a dentists attention, those appointments quickly add up and become very expensive.
Mouth injuries are not only physically painful but also highly costly.
Purchasing a quality mouthguard might seem expensive at first glance, but is always a cheaper option in the long run.
What Mouthguard is Best for You
Like a lot of training equipment categories, the answer to the question "What is the best mouthguard?" is a topic many boxers never seem to agree on.
To answer this question and avoid the issue, we created a blind test among 10 boxers on three of our best-selling mouthguard models. The test was simple, we took all marks and logos off the mouthguards and gave them at random to each of the 10 boxers over 3 sparring sessions.
Once the 10 boxers completed their 3 sparring sessions testing the 3 guards, we compiled the results and determined the highest rated mouthguard. Coming in at first place was the Nxtrnd RUSH™ Mouthguard followed closely by the ZERO™ and Classic™ models.
Top Pick - Boxing Mouthguard
When compiling the final results, the answer was a unanimous yes with all boxers claiming the Rush as their top choice even though they had no idea they were wearing it.
In fact, at Nxtrnd we design all our mouthguard models to outperform competing brands in three major categories:
- Comfort and overall fit – As well as being protective is it also comfortable
- Shock absorption and protection – How it reduces impact by absorbing and dispersing the energy through the material and design.
- Breathability – Does it affect breathing negatively
All boxers’ mentioned immediate comfort and natural feel the guard offered when wearing it. Also, because of its increased material density, the mouthguard offers robust protection from impacts to a level far above any other mouthguards on the market.
The increased comfort and impact absorption are significant factors a combat sport athlete should consider when ordering a mouthguard.
Some notable comments coming from the boxers that tested them were: "The guard fit so well and is so light, I almost forgot I was wearing one.” and “I could breathe so easily while in the ring. I felt like I could box all day.”
NXTRND RUSH™ MOUTHGUARD (2 PACK)
- Extremely Durable
- Ease of Speech and Breathability
- Good Value
- Durable: The dual density frame goes above industry standards to protect your lips, teeth, and jaw from blows to the face.
- Comfortable: After molding the mouthpieces, it lightly snaps into place around your teeth and gums.
- Breathable: This snug fit allows ease of speech and breathability.
- Not Braces Friendly
- Some users have difficulty molding the mouthpiece
- Doesn't include strap or tether attachments
The Nxtrnd Rush™ Mouth Guard is designed for optimal performance, comfort and protection.
Its versatility has enabled it to make a name for itself it not only boxing but all contact sports. In fact, this guard is worn in most contact sports requiring high-end protective gear including Football, basketball, MMA, hockey, and lacrosse.
Because of its double layer construction and soft moldable interior liner, the Rush delivers an extremely comfortable custom fit and has become one of our most popular models. Featuring a strong shock absorbing outer frame, the Rush will properly absorb and disperse forces upon impact and protect your mouth while allowing for ease of speech and breathability.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR MOUTHGUARD
For such a small piece of equipment, mouthguards tend to generate their fair share of confusion ranging from: What is the best mouthguard? Why is my mouthguard uncomfortable? How do I fit my mouthguard? What mouthguard is best for my sport?
To provide you with the answers to any mouth guard related question you may have, we divided the mouthguard market into 5 easy to follow categories.
Please click here to read our Ultimate Mouthguard Buying Guide.