Mouthguards

How Can Mouth Guards Help?

Injuries during sports is very common. Usually the teeth suffers irreversible damage during a fall while playing games or due to facial trauma in a contact sport. In these situations mouthguards play a vital role in safeguarding the lips, teeth and other soft tissue around the mouth from the brutal effects of a sports injury. Mouthguards made of acrylic or other laminate materials are strong protective devices that are worn securely around the teeth. They prevent a direct blow to teeth and dissipate impact energy during injury.

Mouthguards are also worn by people with braces or other fixed dental appliance appliance to protect the cheek and gums from injury while playing sports.
A great custom mouth guard:
  • Has good comfort and fit. Is not bulky
  • Stays securely in place
  • Allows speaking and does not restrict breathing
  • Is odourless, tasteless, durable and tear resistant
  • Is easy to clean and maintain.

Sports That Usually Require Mouth Guards

Any form of sport that carries the risk of injury to the head necessitates the wearing of a mouth guard along with other protective gear.

The most common sports are football, hockey, boxing, basketball, gymnastics, handball, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, cricket, skateboarding, skiing, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.

Best Mouth Guards

The best type of mouthguards are the ones that are custom designed specifically for your teeth only. This is done by dentist who first takes an impression of your teeth to create a replica model of your teeth. This replica model is then sent to a dental laboratory where the technician uses it to custom design your mouth guard ensuring a perfect fit and comfort.

There are also stock mouthguards available in stores and online. They are designed to be worn by everyone. They lack accurate fit, comfort and all other benefits of a custom mouth guard.

Taking Care of Your Mouth Guard

An ill fitting, worn or broken mouthguard must be replaced.
  • Keep your mouthguard clean and dry in between games
  • Always clean in cool soapy water
  • Do not dry in direct sunlight
  • Carry it in a sturdy container with vents
  • Do not wash in hot water
  • Do not chew on your mouthguard, since this can distort its shape
  • Keep safely away from pets

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