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Mouthguards Overview

Most of children’s dental injuries are related to recreational activities and sports accidents , most of which can be prevented by the use of a simple mouthguard.  Yet parents admit that often their children don’t wear mouthguards during organised sports.

Mouthguards absorb the energy caused by impact and can prevent or reduce injury to the teeth, jaw, lips, cheeks and tongue. Mouthguards are especially effective in reducing the risk of losing a tooth – treatment for which can be costly.

So why don’t more children wear mouthguards? Children don’t wear mouthguards during organised sports because they aren’t required to wear them. But you can be proactive and protect your child from significant dental trauma that may also affect their appearance and self-confidence.

It’s important for children to wear their mouthguards during both practice and games. Not only does this help them become more comfortable with wearing the mouth guard but sports-related injuries can also occur during practice.

Additional Information

Types of Mouthguards

There are three main types of mouthguards.  Our dentist’s would recommend that a custom made mouthguard be worn during practice and games.

  1. Custom Mouthguards

Custom-made mouthguards provide the best protection and are the most comfortable to wear because they fit precisely in the mouth and are more likely to stay in place.  With our on-site laboratory we can make a custom made mouthguard for your child in a matter of days.  One of our dentists will take an impression of the mouth and then plastic is moulded around this impression.

  1. “Boil and bite” mouthguards

Also known as self-adapted mouthguards, these mouth guards are moulded to the mouth by boiling the guard in water and then allowing the wearer to bite down on the heated plastic. Although these offer a somewhat customized fit, boil and bite mouthguards are not as strong as custom mouth guards and do have a chance of bite-through problems.

  1. Stock mouthguards

Stock mouthguards offer basic protection by fitting loosely over the teeth. Although they are the most affordable option, these guards can make it difficult to breathe or speak because teeth must be clenched to keep the mouthguard in place.



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