Mouthguards are a rubber guard, specially made to fit in your mouth to protect your teeth and gums from damage.
If you play any sports which involve fast moving objects such as hockey or cricket then wearing a mouthguard provides a layer of protection should you happen to get hit in the mouth. Without a mouthguard, you are more likely to suffer broken or chipped teeth.
The dentist will be able to advise on which mouthguard will best suit your needs, and make one to fit exactly the shape of your teeth.
Cost for mouthguards can vary so check with your dentist about the options. Wearing a mouthguard reduces the risk of lost or damaged teeth so it’s well worth the small investment.
Mouthguards can last for several years if you look after them although if you are still growing, i.e. you’re a child, then a new mouthguard will be needed to cater for new teeth which will affect the fit of your mouthguard.
Mouthguards can be checked by your dentist to ensure they still provide adequate protection so take it along to your next checkup.
Mouthguards can be created at home also using DIY kits. However, these are the boil and bite type where you immerse the mouthguard in hot water to soften it then bite down into so it moulds to the shape of your mouth. These mouthguards aren’t always effective and custom fit types, and can be uncomfortable to wear.
Mouthguards are available in a number of colours, even custom colours to match the team colours of your team’s strip.