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Mouth Guards

Protecting Your Teeth so You Can Go Out and Play…

Use custom-fitted mouth guards when you play sports. A mouth guard, custom-fitted by your dentist, can help significantly reduce the risk of dental injuries. Sport, leisure and recreation activities are the most common cause of dental injuries.

Is it right for you?

Custom-fitted mouth guards are especially designed by the dentist to fit the individual’s mouth. They provide the best protection due to their close fit, comfort and cushioning (shock absorption) effect.

What’s involved?

A custom-fitted mouth guard is made by a dentist using an impression taken of your teeth and a plaster model. Custom fitting allows the dentist to accurately assess your mouth and provide the best fit, size coverage and thickness in a mouth guard especially for you. The dentist can also make an assessment of any risk factors you might have and recommend the best type of mouth guard appropriate for your sport.

How do you correctly care for your mouth guard?

Recommendations include:

• Rinse the mouth guard in soap and warm (not hot) water after each use. Allowing it to air-dry.
• Disinfect the mouth guard from time to time with a mouthwash.
• Keep the mouth guard in a well-ventilated plastic storage box when not in use. The box should have several holes in it.
• Do not leave the mouth guard in direct sunlight, in a closed car or in the car’s glove box. Heat can damage it.
• Ask your dentist to inspect your mouth guard at every dental check-up.
• Replace the mouth guard if it is damaged.
• Replace a child’s mouth guard every 12 to 18 months, even if it appears to be in good condition. Growth and new teeth can alter the fit.
• Replace an adult’s mouth guard after dental treatment or tooth loss.

What are general safety tips for mouth guards?

You will be guided by your dentist but general suggestions include:

• Ensure you wear the mouth guard at all times during games and training sessions.
• Players undergoing dental treatment can have a custom-fitted mouth guard made by their dentist to fit comfortably and accurately over their braces.
• See your dentist is the mouth guard starts to feel uncomfortable or doesn’t fit well.