Sporting activities such as hockey, rugby, boxing or even soccer carry a high risk of tooth and jaw injuries. It is advisable and some sports clubs require to wear a well-fitted mouthguard to help minimise these injuries.

Three types of mouthguards are available

  1. Stock – bought from any sporting goods store. They are not adjustable so they will not fit properly, thus compromising their effectiveness.
  2. Boil and bite – can also be purchased from a chemist or a sporting good store and are made from thermoplastic substance, softened in hot water and placed in the mouth and shaped that way.
  3. Custom fitted mouthguard – come in different thicknesses depending on your sporting activity (usually minimum 2 Layer laminated) and are made on the exact replicas of your dentition.(Impressions get taken by the Dental Prosthetist).

Custom fitted mouthguards due to more accurate fit and being tailored to your specific sports offer by far the best protection over the stock and boil & bite mouthguards.

How do I clean my mouth guard?

Rinsed in cold water, air dried and stored in a plastic container provided after each sporting activity.

At home wash, the mouthguard with soap and warm water (not Hot), from time to time disinfect with mouthwash.

Store in a plastic box provided by Dental Prosthetist.

Avoid direct sunlight, car glovebox on a hot day or any sort of direct or indirect heat as it will damage the mouthguard affecting its fit. Best stored n a cool place.

How long does a mouth guard last?

Unless it is damaged

  • Adult – After Dental Treatment or tooth loss or is generally uncomfortable and does not fit well.
  • Child – Every 12-18 months even if in good condition. As the child grows the fit can alter dramatically reducing mouthguard effectiveness.