Our general advice is that anyone engaged in sports should adopt a "No mouthguard no play" policy.
For best protection a well fitting mouthguard made by a dentist on models of your mouth should be worn.
Mouthguards are made of a rubber material and fit over your teeth and gums and there are 3 main types:
- Offer the best comfort, fit and protection
- More expensive than the other types
- Made by a dental technicain to an exact mould taken by your dentist
- May be made in various colours and flavours with pictures and writing in some designs
- In growing children these may need to be replaced regularly
- Do not provide enough protection
- Can be useful as a cheap alternative to custom made mouthguard if wearing braces until brace treatment finished
- Usually larger than boil and bite types to allow for different jaw sizes
- Used straight from the packet and do not require moulding
Boil & bite
- Not recommended as they do not provide enough protection
- Standard type sold in sports shops and on the internet
- Placed in hot water to make soft then moulded to your mouth
- Many different styles mouthguards ranging from £1 - £35 with different flavours and designs
Australian hockey player finds out the hard way.. (warning, graphic image)
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Laura Keates plays for England Rugby Union and Worcester RFC. She never plays without her mouthguard :0)
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