It does seem excessive till you have to fork out for dental bills that could have been prevented. I'm going to the dentist now to get my tooth fixed,
I think that every cyclist should wear a helmet, gloves and glasses.
A mouth guard is something that I'm trying out, and haven't been successful with, but spending $30 to save your teeth... I'm probably looking at a $200 dental bill- it is definitely worth finding something that works.
I had a friend who headed the hood of a car this winter and it knocked out a few of his teeth and made him look like a mess. He had a 5 figured dental bill (insurance paid), but he still doesn't ride with mouthgear.
I think it is just too impractical. In football or hockey you don't have maximum efforts for very long times, so you can catch your breath if the play is on the other side of the field. I did some boxing when in highschool, but the mouthpieces we had back then weren't very nice and I wouldn't like to have them in my mouth for hours at a time.
Cycling can be much more intense and I would imagine it beïng very hard to breath with a mouthpiece in at maximum effort fx. on a long climb.
I can't agree more with you on the helmet. I ALWAYS wear a helmet and have told many of my riding buddy's I think they should as well. I buy a new top of the line helmet every year or when I crash on it I send it in for replacement (I have a nice collection at home
) A helmet doesn't interfere with you riding your bike, if you are used to it you won't even notice it beïng there. It is just like seatbelts in a car, you only notice it when you forget to get them on before you start.