Mouthguards, gum shields, sports guards, aim to protect the wearer’s teeth, gums and mouth from harm.
There are lots of mouth guards available, the cheapest of which are the boil and bite ones that can be bought in sports shops or chemists.
The cheap boil and bite mouth guards tend to be poor fitting and inhibit the wearer’s ability to talk clearly. They often encourage a gag reflex due to the guard’s ability to move around in the mouth too easily.
It is important for ANY sports person undertaking any level of contact sport that requires a mouth guard to get a custom-made mouth guard from a dentist.
For our patients we use Protex Mouthguards made by a qualified technician.
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.
31% of dental emergency trauma cases are admitted to hospital for sports injuries (Cranio-maxillofacial trauma: a 10 year review of 9,543 cases with 21,067 injuries: Robert Gassner 1, 2, Tarkan Tuli1, Oliver Hächl1, Ansgar Rudisch3 and Hanno Ulmer4)
Therefore, it is essential that everyone who should wear a mouthguard wears a custom one.
Spread the forces of a direct blow around the dental arch and mouth guard
Prevent lacerations to gums, tongue and cheeks
Reduce the risk of dento-alveolar fractures
Reduce risk of avulsed teeth
Handmade by skilled Dental Technicians
Incorporate individual needs based on wearer’s dental health and type of sport
Maximises strength in desired areas
Minimises speech impairment
Increase wearers compliance due to comfort and individual styling
Excellent retention, maintaining wearers comfort
Improve airway patency
Balance the masticatory muscles to enhance performance
Ability to chose and custom make your mouthguard with colours and glitter!