Help me keep my mouth healthy » Sports Mouthguards
If you are involved in any contact sport we strongly believe that you may need to wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth from damage or from being knocked out.
Sports including rugby, football, boxing, hockey, judo, karate and kick boxing can involve collisions with the chance of damaging a tooth or teeth. This possibility can increase as the sport gets more competitive and the players older and stronger.
Why do I need to wear a mouthguard?
Damage to the teeth in a sporting accident means that they can be lost altogether. Adult (permanent) teeth are not going to grow back and so protecting them is a priority.
Your mouthguard can also protect you from much more than just a knocked out tooth. A good mouthguard can minimise the impact of collisions and so will also help to protect your jaw and other areas of your face.
Can I buy a mouthguard from a sports shop?
Sports shops do sell types of mouthguard which you fit yourself. However in our opinion these don’t fit very well and do not provide the best protection to the teeth.
What sort of mouthguard will I get from my dentist?
The most effective type of mouthguard is one that is custom made especially for you out of high quality materials.
What is involved?
Your dentist will take an impression of your mouth. A dental technician will then make a custom fitting mouthguard to ensure that it fits correctly to your mouth, is comfortable, and will provide maximum protection to the teeth.
How long will my mouthguard last?
Provided that you look after your mouthguard, it should look after you. If your mouthguard stops fitting well, becomes uncomfortable, or starts to fall out instead of fitting snugly, make an appointment to see your dentist for it to be checked.
An adult’s mouthguard used regularly, typically last 2-3 years. However, when young people are growing and the mouth is changing because of new teeth coming through, a new mouthguard may be needed every year.
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