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If we have to fear humans as the biggest predator in the food chain, we also have to be wary of them in the boxing ring: in a boxing match, determination and strength make your opponent a formidable enemy.

In combat sports, all blows are sometimes allowed.

In French savate boxing, English boxing, Thai boxing, full contact (American boxing), kung fu (Chinese boxing), the blows are made to the chest, sometimes to the legs (for French savate boxing), and to the face.

To limit the impact of your opponent’s punch and kick, boxing requires good protection: shin guards, boxing helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, ankle pads, chest protectors and, finally, a mouth guard.

Of all the contact sports, boxing has a reputation for being a violent sport where competitors have only one goal: to hit hard and win by knockout.

This perception is true, but shamefully reductive.

Because the boxer’s equipment is used to protect each of the participants while deploying his fighting techniques (cunning, dodging, attacking, footwork, straight punch, uppercut, etc.).

In this article, the Superprof editorial staff focused its research on the boxer’s intra-oral protection: why wear a mouthguard, where to get one and at what price?

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What is the purpose of a boxing mouthguard?
As the name suggests, a mouthguard is used to protect yourself.

The mouthguard is a molded synthetic piece that is inserted into the mouth to protect the mucosa, tongue, teeth and mandibles.
Wearing a mouthguard is the best way to avoid painful dental injuries and costly orthodontic treatment, especially at a time when dental medicine, which is very poorly reimbursed, is considered as comfort medicine…

For those of you reading this article, you should know that a boxing mouthguard is mandatory on a tatami, in a dojo or in a boxing gym, and during taekwondo, ice hockey and American soccer competitions.

It is recommended for all martial arts and mixed martial arts (MMA) – karate, ju jitsu, aikido, krav maga, viet vo dao, kick boxing, freestyle fighting, Brazilian ju jitsu.

It is also used for many other team sports (basketball, handball, volleyball, rugby, soccer, cycling, freestyle wrestling) and whenever there is a risk of head, elbow, knee, fist or foot strikes.

It applies to both competitors and recreational boxers.

It is even one of the most useful English boxing accessories. Indeed, it is recommended to the beginner in amateur boxing to wear it because he does not control his blows.

An uninitiated boxer will be less used to taking blows and will therefore be more subject to trauma to the teeth.

Wearing a mouthguard reduces the risk of suffering any kind of trauma resulting from a violent blow: fracture, displacement of teeth, loosening, expulsion, etc.

The impact of a punch on the jaw can cause serious skin lesions as well as painful bites on the tongue.

The mouth guard acts as a cushion to absorb the power of the blow.
Therefore, wearing a mouthguard has a fivefold advantage:

Preventing shocks between the teeth of the lower and upper jaws,
Avoid lacerations to the lips,
Preventing tongue punctures,
Reduce the risk of fractures,
Reduce the risk of concussion.
Now that we know what it is used for, we must also know how to choose, because yes, there are several forms.

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Boxing mouthguard: what type to choose?
A mouthguard is a piece of molded synthetic material that is designed to take the shape of the jaw, so that it is comfortable while providing optimal protection.

There are several shapes, designed for soccer, ice hockey, boxing or martial arts. For our purposes, we have identified three types of mouthguards: standard, semi-adaptable and custom-made.

There are also single and double mouthguards. One protects only the upper part of the jaw, and facilitates breathing, while the other covers the entire dentition and provides more optimal protection.

The standard mouthguard
A standard mouthguard does not apply to everyone, as the name suggests. It can be found in sports stores, its price is economical (around 5 €), but it does not offer optimal protection.

Also, since it wraps around the entire jaw, it can interfere with proper breathing. It’s silly, but you have to pay the price for more comfort.

The semi-adaptable mouthguard
Semi-adaptable, or simple, this mouthguard is industrial, but the boxer models it as he wishes. How do they do it?

By soaking it in boiling water, the utensil softens. Plunge it into cold water for two or three seconds, then put it in the mouth so that it takes the shape of the teeth.

Under the pressure of the tongue, the fingers, and by closing the mouth, the tool should take its shape.

The custom-made mouthguard
Made at the dentist’s, this type of mouthguard offers protection, stability, retention and comfort. Through a complete molding of the jaw, the mouthguard is customized, adapted to the shape of the boxer’s teeth.

It is the most expensive mouthguard, but it is also the one that will be the most comfortable and best fitting to the jaw.

For people with braces, it is even more important that the mouthguard fit properly, as a punch can unscrew the dental braces and damage the soft tissue.

As a result, the risk of injury to the person with braces is higher if the mouthguard is improperly selected.

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How to mold and maintain your boxing mouthguard?
At the risk of repeating ourselves: although the boxer is equipped with boxing gloves that are supposed to prevent injuries and cuts, a blow thrown at full power into the gums can do colossal damage.
Mold your mouthguard
As a result, it is fundamental that the mouthguard perfectly fits the morphology of his jaw.

The editors recommend that aspiring boxers choose a custom-made mouthguard, or at worst a semi-adaptable one.

In order to adjust it to his dentition, it is important to mold the accessory: it is a rigid plastic that becomes soft and flexible under the effect of heat.

Soak the mouthguard in boiling water for ten or fifteen seconds, then plunge it into cold water to avoid burning.

Put it in your mouth and bite down on it while breathing in to circulate the air between your teeth. If the operation goes well, there should be no discomfort.

Maintenance of the mouthguard
It is recommended to rinse your mouthguard several times per boxing class. After the class or fight, rinse the mouthguard and place it in its case until you get home.

When you get home, open your storage box. Don’t leave your mouthguard wet in a closed case or it may develop mold. But don’t dry it either: it should air dry.

We recommend that you clean it after each boxing class for good hygiene. It’s still something you put in your mouth, it must be clean.

Use the right products: soap, Marseille soap, dishwashing liquid, liquid soap. Do not use toothpaste that may contain abrasive particles, mouthwash to avoid discoloration, chlorinated products (for the same reasons) or water that is too hot. Water over 50° could deform your mouthguard.

There are also specific products that your dentist can provide.

Start by rinsing your mouthguard with warm water. Clean the inside and outside carefully using a toothbrush and soap. Rinse again thoroughly with clear warm water: it is better for you not to leave any traces of soap so that you will not taste it when you put it back on.

Let it air dry before storing it in its protective box. Some boxes are equipped with air holes, allowing to avoid as much as possible to let the protection “mouldy”. Before the next use, rinse it again with clear water.

The maintenance allows a good durability of the mouth guard, which can go up to several years. It is thus a wise investment because the price is low compared to the possible care to mobilize in its absence.

Where to buy your boxing mouthguard?
Your new boxing gear and boxing protection accessories – boxing gloves, under-gloves, mitts, boxing shoes, boxing shorts, etc. – will probably be available for purchase in your boxing club.

It will even be mandatory for hand-to-hand training.

Otherwise, many providers sell different brands and different ranges (single, double, custom, semi-adaptable, special dental braces, etc.) on the Internet or in stores:

Decathlon and the Outshock brand,
Hadjime.com, brands Metal Boxe, Venum, Shock Doctor,
Athleteshop.fr, brands Everlast, Adidas,
Sportscombat.fr, brands Everlast, Adidas, Venum,
Matos2boxe.fr, brands RD Boxing, Shock Doctor, Opro,
Dragonsports.eu, brands Adidas, Kwon, Shock Doctor, Venum,
Lecoinduring.com, brands Everlast, Venum, Shock Doctor,
Dragonbleu.fr, brands Venum and Shock Doctor.
Prices are not excessive, however, a single mouthguard can cost up to 80 € for the most expensive.

The entry level is found in the Outshock brand from Décathlon, which offers products that are very competitive, but which will probably not be very durable: count 9 € for a double mouthguard of adult size. However, opinions are rather mixed for these mouthguards available in three sizes: S, M and L. Some find them not durable: after only one training session, it is unusable. Others deplore a problem with the size despite compliance with the instructions.

The mid-range brand remains Metal Boxe, with products ranging from 3,90 € to 10-15 €.

The Metal Boxe gel mouthguard seems to suit many people. Reviews are excellent for a very affordable price: less than 10 €. Maybe a good option to start with?

Finally, for a high-end dental protection, opt for the brands Shock Doctor and Venum, from 30 € to 75-80 €. At Shock Doctor, you can find orthodontic mouthguards (for those with braces) for €24.95.

Here is a small summary of the range of prices on the net:

Website

Brand

Type

Price

Décathlon

Outshock

Semi-adaptable

9 €

Hadjime.com

Metal Boxe, Kwon, Shock Doctor, Venum

Single, double, semi-adjustable mouthguard

4 € – 59 €

Sportscombat.fr (redirection vers Amazon)

Everlast, Venum

Single and double mouthguards

9 € – 87 €

Matos2boxe.fr

Shock Doctor, RD Boxing, Opro, HK Protect

Single and double mouthguards, children.

4,50 € – 24,95 €

Dragonsport.eu

Metal Boxe, Adidas, Shock Doctor, Venum,

Single and double mouthguards

3,90 € – 29,90 €

Lecoinduring.com

Shock Doctor, Safe Jawz, Venum, Everlast, Metal Boxe

Single and double mouthguards, children.

3,90 € – 29,95 €

Dragonbleu.fr

Adidas, Bad Boy, Dragon Bleu, Metal Boxe, Safe Jaws, Shock Doctor, Venum

Single and double mouthguards, children, adults, junior.

9,98 € – 21,98 €

Last tip: you can choose your color (pink, blue, grey, black, white, green, etc.) but note that in boxing, red is forbidden. You will not normally find red mouthguards in stores or on the internet, so you will not be tempted ^^

Otherwise, of course, you have the option of getting a custom-made mouthguard from your dentist or orthodentist.