What is a mouthguard?

Mouthguards are essential for most popular sports because the high-impact nature can leave you at risk of oral trauma. Fortunately, your dentist will be able to provide you with a fully-customised mouthguard. This can benefit patients by providing them with a mouthguard that suits the colour of their teeth and fits comfortably in the mouth. Custom-fit mouthguards for patients with a brace may also be recommended. These specialist mouthguards are often fashioned from soft plastic or laminate, and they can be moulded into a perfectly fitted piece for any mouth.

When might they help?

Oral trauma is a real risk in sports like football and rugby, and participants are often advised to wear some kind of protection to prevent serious, irreversible damage. For this reason, mouthguards are primarily used in the sports industry and are used by both professional and amateur athletes. The risks can range from small chips to tooth loss. Be wary of this and always make sure you have suitable protective wear when playing any kind of high-impact sport.

Mouthguards are so important for these kinds of sports that they can do more than just protect your teeth. Personalised mouthguards, given that they have been fitted professional by a trained dentist, have the protentional to protect your jaw, neck, and even your brain from damage

Maintenance and replacement

Maintenance and regularly replacing your mouthguard is a particularly important aspect of keeping your teeth safe. For example, when a teenager is growing they will need regularly change their mouthguard with their dentist, otherwise the mouthguard will not offer the same level of comfort or protection. They will also begin to show sign of wear and tear over time, but this depends on how much you use the mouth guard. You will also need to clean your mouthguard after every use to avoid a build-up of bacteria.

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