A mouth guard is a protective device that covers the teeth and gums to prevent injury to the mouth and teeth during sports or other physical activities. Mouthguards are commonly used in contact sports such as football, hockey, and boxing, as well as in non-contact sports such as basketball, gymnastics, and skateboarding.
Custom-designed mouthguards are made of durable plastic and moulded to fit the shape of your teeth. They are recommended to protect the jaw, tongue, cheek lining, and teeth during physical activity and sports such as basketball, boxing, or other activities where your mouth might get hit. Depending on growth and activity level mouthguards generally, last between 2-10 years, and can help prevent broken teeth and serious injuries such as concussions.
Custom-made oral appliances can also be used as part of treatment for conditions like sleep apnea and TMJ disorders. In general, plastic appliances can be used to correct a variety of problems.
It is important to wear a properly fitting mouth guard during sports or other physical activities to protect the teeth, gums, and mouth from injury. Mouth guards should be replaced regularly, as they can become worn and less effective over time.
Our Bellesmere dentists can assist with making sure you receive a mouthguard that is comfortably fitter for your mouth. Book an appointment today!