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Custom Sports Mouthguards

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Sports mouthguards are custom-made rubber coverings worn over your teeth to protect them from damage in contact and ball-based sports. They cushion the teeth and gums and help to avoid chipped and broken teeth.

You should wear a professionally-made sports mouthguard at all times when playing any sport involving either moving objects or physical contact.

Being hit in the mouth by a ball in such sports as football, cricket or hockey can lead to serious damage to your teeth, including broken and lost teeth, while sports in which you come into contact with other players, such as rugby, American football and boxing, can also lead to damaged, broken or dislocated jaws.

Sports mouthguards provide cushioning to protect against such injuries. Professional sportspeople can often be seen wearing mouthguards for this reason.

Your dentist can provide your mouthguard:

  1. First, your dentist will measure and take impressions of your teeth and gums and send these to the lab so your sportsguard can be made to fit you perfectly.
  2. The lab will make up the sportsguard to your dentist's specifications.
  3. Your dentist will check the guard fits properly. You should wear it at all times playing or training for sports.

Sportsguards should be worn by adults and children. Children's mouthguards will need regular replacement as their teeth and jaws grow. You should check regularly that your child's mouthguard still fits, and see your dentist for a replacement if it has become loose or tight-fitting.

Adults will also need to replace their mouthguards periodically due to wear and tear.

Life Benefits

  • Protects teeth from damage or loss due to trauma
  • Bespoke to fit your mouth perfectly
  • Prevents jaw damage

There are many types of mouthguards including striped, multi-coloured and clear. Many people now have coloured mouthguards made in their favourite team's colours or to match their own sports strip. When you attend your appointment at Dental fx will be able to tell you what is available.

Depending on your age, your mouthguard may need replacing fairly regularly. If you are still growing, new teeth will come through and move into position. At this point the mouthguard may become too tight or loose, and will need to be remade to fit the new shape of your mouth.

Adults may not need to have their mouthguards replaced quite so often. But they are like any other form of sports equipment and will suffer from wear and tear. It is recommended that you take your mouthguard along to the dentist when you go for your check-up, so it can be checked.

We are happy to provide this service at Dental fx. Please call reception on 0141 931 5533 to make an appointment to see Dr Nahida Roy who will take an impression of your teeth and have the mouthguard custom made to your requirements.

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