Sports guards, mouth guards and mouth protectors are all different names for a device worn over your teeth that protects them from blows to the face and head. Mouth guards are important for anyone that plays a sport involving falls, body contact or flying equipment – for example rugby, hockey, boxing.
Mouth guards typically cover the upper teeth, and are designed to protect against broken teeth, cut lips and other damage to your mouth. If you wear braces or other fixed dental appliances (such as a bridge) on your lower jaw, your dentist may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth as well. If you don’t wear a mouth guard and you are hit in the face, the teeth can come together with such force that they can be broken. At worst, the jaw can also be broken, and you can suffer with concussion due to the shock of the blow being transmitted through the skull. The long-term cost financially and psychologically to the sufferer is immeasurable. So it is essential that everyone who should wear a mouth guard, wears a custom made mouth guard.
Custom Made Mouth Guards
It is important that your mouth guard, is resilient, tear resistant and comfortable. It should fit properly and not restrict your speech or breathing. Custom-made mouth guards are individually designed and made by your dentist. Not surprisingly, they are likely to provide the most comfortable fit and best protection compared with other alternatives. Your dentist makes an impression of your teeth and then constructs the mouth guard over a model of them. Because they fit and feel better, most athletes prefer customised mouth guards.
Mouth guards should ideally be replaced every season, as they can wear down over time, making them less effective. Many athletes who play several sports have new mouth guards made when they go for their six-month dental examination.
If you would like more help and advice with regard to ensuring your teeth are protected this autumn, call College Dental Surgeries on 01622 752340 and book a consultation today.