mouth guardPeople should wear a mouth guard whenever they are involved in a sport activity with a risk of falls or of head impact with other players or equipment. This includes rugby, soccer, baseball, basketball, hockey, boxing, skateboarding, even gymnastics. We usually think of hockey as the most dangerous sports for teeth, but a large percentage of sports-related mouth injuries in the USA also occur in basketball and baseball. When it comes to sports equipment, mouth guards are a priority. They protect not only the teeth, but the lips, cheeks, and tongue. They also help protect a person from concussions and jaw fractures. Athletic mouth guards are made of soft plastic. They are adapted to fit comfortably over the upper teeth.   For sports people requiring dental protection on the field or court, a range of professional grade mouth guards and oral protectors are available, made from flexible polymer material. Custom made for each patient, you are able to choose from a range of mouth guards according to the sport you play and the level of protection you require. A range and combinations of colours can be chosen from, so you can even match your team uniform or wear your favourite colour.

Any mouth guard is better than no mouth guard. However, it is important to choose a mouth guard that fits comfortably. If a mouth guard interferes with breathing or speech, or if it feels bulky, experience indicates that it won’t be worn by the athlete. The best way to ensure the proper protection, fit and comfort, is to consult a Denturist. When not in use, all mouth guards should be stored in a plastic container to avoid damage due to excessive heat or cold. They should be washed after each use, using cold or lukewarm water. Hot water may cause distortion. Prior to insertion, a mouth guard may be rinsed in mouthwash to freshen the taste. As a general rule, it is recommended that a standard mouth guard be replaced every two to three years.

Whatever your age or sport, mouth guards are an important part of sports safety and your exercise routine. Participation in sport is a recommended healthy activity. Do what you can to protect your smile and preserve your health. Ensure that you have a properly fitted mouth guard made by a professional.