When Would I Need A Mouthguard?
It is important to wear a professionally made mouthguard whenever you play sport that involves physical contact or moving objects. This includes: cricket, hockey and football – which can cause broken and damaged teeth; and American football, boxing and rugby – which can all cause broken or dislocated jaws. A mouthguard will help protect against these events.
Your dentist will be happy to make you a custom-made mouthguard, which will fit your mouth exactly and protect your teeth and gums properly. Custom made mouthguards can prevent damage to the jaw, neck and even the brain – helping to prevent the concussion and damage caused by a heavy blow.
How Much Will It Cost?
Written estimates are given on request but are usually in the region of £30. When you consider the cost of expensive dental work and the risk of missing teeth, it is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
What About Home Kits?
Mouththguards are made by taking an accurate impression of your mouth and making the mouthguard to fit your own teeth. The dentist will register the way your jaws bite together to make sure the mouthguard meets properly with your teeth.
There are cheaper kits available. They involve heating the product in hot water and then putting it in your mouth until it sets. Unfortunately these mouthguards fit badly and are uncomfortable to wear. They can fall out or even cause choking. Also the material is at its thinnest where it is needed most. You may find that the club you belong to are only insured if you wear a professionally made mouthguard.