Does anyone here race or for that matter even just train or ride casually with a mouthguard? I destroyed a few of my front teeth last summer and am slightly paranoid about somehow managing to knock them back out if i get into competetive racing. I'm just worried about it hurting my breathing capabilities over the course of the race.
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Originally Posted by dirtyphotons
mouthguards drastically inhibit your ability to breathe. they're used in high-contact sports where frequent blows to the head are inevitable.
if you're just wearing one in case you fall on your grille, i don't think the extra protection would be worth it. it just doesn't happen that often.
I never remember having breathing issues wearing a mouthgaurd (lax), only talking.
I second the Shock Doctors- boil, bite, and suck out any water. I had excellent fits that would stay in place even if i opened my mouth.
If your worried about it, wear one! It will give you sense of security and safety, and you won't be worrying bout knocking your teeth out and will enjoy your ride more.
I haven't heard of much dental trauma from bike racing. Broken collarbones, roadrash. I would say for cyclocross the risk of your teeth getting knocked out is less that any other form of bike racing. The worst things I can think of doing on a CX course is maybe tripping onto a barrier or smashing head first into a tree.
I think it is a very small risk.
Wear it if you feel better with it.
yes, i shouldn't have spoken in such general terms. when i played lacrosse, i found the airway obstruction to be a barrier to performance, such that i actually would sneak mine out during games. but not everyone feels that way. i also have a deviated septum so the mouthguard wasn't entirely to blame.
mental obstructions to performance are just as real and sometimes more of a barrier than physical ones. i would never have been able make the kinds of defensive plays i did had i not been wearing a cup (and some guys didn't), that moment of hesitation can make all the difference.
by all means give it a go, good luck!
Originally Posted by Sheldon Brown
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