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Sports Guards

There is an increased risk of damage to the teeth and mouth whilst playing contact sports and using a mouthguard can help to reduce this risk.


What is a mouthguard?

A mouthguard is a protective device that is placed inside the mouth to help shield the teeth and gums from injury. Mouthguards cover the teeth and gums. They act by absorbing some of the forces from knocks to the mouth.

How do I know if I need a mouthguard?

It is advisable to use a mouthguard whilst playing contact sports. This includes any sports where you physically interact with an opponent e.g. rugby, hockey and boxing. It is also advisable to use a mouthguard for any sporting activities where there is a risk that the mouth can be knocked. To be effective your mouthguard should stay in place whilst playing the sport. Custom-made mouth-guards are made specifically to fit your teeth and your mouth by taking dental impressions (moulds of teeth). This type gives the best fit and offers the most protection. They come in a variety of colours and are latex-free. These guards are durable and should last several years.

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