It is important to wear a professionally made mouthguard whenever you play sport that involves physical contact or moving objects. This includes: cricket, hockey and football – which can cause broken and damaged teeth; and American football, boxing and rugby – which can all cause broken or dislocated jaws. A mouthguard will help protect against these events.
The Benefits of A Mouthguard
Precaution for athletes of all ages and abilities
Help protect against chipped or broken teeth, root and bone damage, and tooth loss
Protection against jaw fracture, cerebral hemorrhage and neck injuries
To avoid situations where the lower jaw jams into the upper jaw
Mouth guards help prevent cutting and bruising of the lips, tongue and cheeks
Our dentists will be happy to make you a custom-made mouthguard, which will fit your mouth exactly and protect your teeth and gums properly.
Custom made mouthguards can prevent damage to the jaw, neck and even the brain – helping to prevent the concussion and damage caused by a heavy blow.
There are cheaper kits available. They involve heating the product in hot water and then putting it in your mouth until it sets. Unfortunately these mouthguards fit badly and are uncomfortable to wear. They can fall out or even cause choking. Also the material is at its thinnest where it is needed most.
You may find that the club you belong to are only insured if you wear a professionally made mouthguard.