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Dental Trauma UK - Saving injured teeth


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 from models of your teeth, should be worn.

Mouthguards are made of a rubber material and fit over your teeth and gums and there are 3 main types:

Custom fitted

  • These offer the best comfort, fit and protection
  • They are more expensive than the other types
  • they are made by a dental technicain to an exact mould taken by your dentist
  • They may be made in various colours with pictures and writing in some designs
  • In growing children these may need to be replaced regularly

 White mouthguard custom made


  • These do not provide enough protection
  • They are a cheap alternative to custom made mouthguard if wearing braces until brace treatment finished
  • They are usually larger than boil and bite types to allow for different jaw sizes
  • They are used straight from the packet and do not require moulding

 non mouldable mouthguard

Boil & bite

  • These are NOT recommended as they do not provide enough protection
  • Standard types are sold in sports shops and on the internet
  • They must be placed in hot water to make soft then moulded to your mouth
  • They represent many different styles ranging in price boil in the bag

Australian hockey player finds out the hard way.. (warning, graphic image) 



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Laura Keate

Laura Keates plays for England Rugby Union and Worcester RFC. She never plays without her mouthguard :0)

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