Why wear a mouthguard?
Every year, dentists treat injuries caused by sporting accidents, due to people not wearing a mouthguard whilst playing contact sport.
Anyone who participates in a sport with a risk of a knock to the mouth should wear a mouthguard.
This includes sports where contact is part of the game like boxing and rugby, but also collision sports where contact often happens but is not expected or allowed. Examples of these include football, basketball, hockey, water polo, lacrosse, netball, baseball, squash, BMX bike riding, horse riding, skateboarding, Ice skating, trampolining, cricket (wicket keeping or batting without a helmet), water skiing and snow ski racing.
Why do you need a mouthguard?
A mouth guard helps cushion a blow to the face that otherwise might result in an injury to the mouth or jaw. A stray elbow or a fall or heavy collision can leave you with chipped or broken teeth, internal damage to a tooth or tooth loss and in severe cases, concussion or a broken jaw.
Injuries like these can lead to long and potentially expensive treatment to restore the teeth and mouth back to normal function and appearance.
Custom fitted mouthguards are made by the dentist and are constructed directly from a mould taken of your teeth. The dentist can accuarately assess your mouth and provide the appropriate mouthguard for your sport.
The mouthguards are comfortable and allow you to talk easily. They offer you better protection and fit compared to a mouthguard you buy over the counter. Prices start from around £40.
How long will my mouthguard last?
To ensure a mouthguard is fully effective, they should be replaced every 12 months. A mouthguard may also need to be replaced if major changes occur to the teeth like restorations or loss of teeth. Children's mouthguards need to be changed more frequently as their mouth can change when they grow or when adult teeth push through.
How do I look after my mouthguard?
A clean mouthguard will last longer than a dirty one. Mouthguards need to be rinsed in cold, soapy water after use, dried and stored in a plastic container (we will provide you with one of these at the time of fitting). As mouthguards can distort under higher temperatures, they should be kept in a cool place.
Our information sheet is available for you to download here.