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Mouth Guards

If you are playing sports, chances are you should be wearing a mouth guard.

Types of Mouth Guards:

  • Stock or ready-made- Available in many sports stores. Usually made of rubber or poly-vinyl. Inexpensive. No forming or impressions required. Limited comfort, protection and durability. May interfere with breathing and speech.

  • Boil and bite mouth-formed- Heated in warm water, fitted by biting into warm plastic. Available in sports stores. Fairly inexpensive. Better fit than stock. Not ideal for everyone, especially children. Can interfere with speech and breathing.

  • Custom-made - Dentist takes impression of patient's mouth.Optimal fit, protection and comfort. Does not interfere with speech and breathing.Initially more expensive and time-consuming in fabrication process.

Care of Mouth Guards:

  • rinse your mouth guard under cold water

  • occasionally clean it with mild soap and water or mouthwash

  • check mouth guard regularly and let dentist know if it shows any signs of wear or has any tears or cracks that may weaken it

Did You Know?

  • 39 per cent of dental injuries are sports-related

  • an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a mouth guard

  • the long-term costs of treating a single tooth injury could be 20 times the cost of a custom-made mouth guard

  • more than five million teeth are knocked out each year, many during sporting activities

  • one-third of all dental trauma sports injuries occur at the junior and senior school levels