A recent article in the journal Decisions in Dentistry underscores the importance of custom fit athletic mouthguards for student athletes. Statistically athletes have a 10% chance of receiving an injury to the face in a single sports season. Males are more often the recipients of dental sports injuries, and it is more likely to be the central incisors that are injured. Despite these alarming statistics mouthguard use in sports that do not require them is low. Mouthguards work by redistributing the force of a collision, so an appliance made from a sports store is going to fit more loosely and not provide the same level of protection. A custom made appliance will do the best job or redistributing those forces so that they are not transferred to the teeth where they can cause injury.