The Importance of Custom Fitted Mouthguards in Sport

The Importance of Custom Fitted Mouthguards in Sport

Every year dentists around the country see too many children with trauma to their teeth and mouths caused by a sporting injury. Many of these injuries could have been avoided if the child had been wearing a custom fitted mouthguard.

Professional athletes wear custom mouthguards and the sooner children start wearing them, and see them as the norm, the better.

There are different types of mouthguards available – off the shelf boil and bite types that you can get from sports shops or ones that are custom made and fitted by a dental professional.

The Oral Health Foundation advise that custom fitted mouthguards from a dental professional are the safest and preferred option.

We understand that custom fitted mouthguards are more expensive than off the shelf options but would advise you to spend a bit more and get one properly fitted. It may sound a lot of money, but compared to a lifetime of dental treatment or the distress of tooth loss, it really isn’t.

As a dentist and mother of 3 sons, I never allowed any of them to play contact or collision sports without a well fitted custom mouthguard and would urge other parents to encourage their children to wear one too. We are so passionate about this that our mouthguards start at just £25 for junior (primary age) children.

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