How mouth guards can prevent mouth injuries

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Sports mouthguards are like crash helmets for your teeth. Mouth guards are strongly recommended to prevent tooth damage or loss, especially if playing a contact sport. They reduce the risk of cuts to the lip, mouth and tongue, jaw fractures and concussion.

Mouthguards are U-shaped pieces of plastic that fit between the upper and lower teeth, protectively moulding around the upper teeth.

Custom-made mouthguards by your dentist provide an excellent fit and protection, but are much more expensive than an off-the-shelf product. If the off the shelf product is properly fitted, the mouth formed (thermal) guard can virtually match the efficacy and comfort of the custom-made guard.

Boil-and-bite mouth guards are made of a thermoplastic material that softens when boiled and will then mould around the teeth when bitten down on. Boil-and-bite mouth guards are a good choice for children who are losing and growing teeth and have an ever-changing bite.

Elastoplast Sports Mouthguards are high-quality thermal guards that are:

  • durable
  • inexpensive
  • easy to fit using the boil-and-bite method

How to Fit a Mouthguard

A correct fit is essential to ensure your mouthguard is effective.

Step 1: Select the correct size – Junior (under 10 years), Youth (11-15 years) and Adult (16 years and over). (Please note that these ages are approximate as mouth sizes can vary).

Step 2: Place the Elastoplast Sport Mouthguard over the upper teeth to test for size.

Step 3: If too large, trim back using scissors until a comfortable size is achieved.

Step 4: Practise pressing the mouth guard firmly to the roof of the mouth with the tongue whilst biting down gently.

Step 5: Place the mouth guard in near-boiling water for 10 seconds. Remove with a large spoon and shake off the excess.

Step 6: Insert mouthguard immediately into position and bite firmly, but gently, to obtain an even bite. The guard will feel warm, but will not burn the mouth.

Step 7: Whilst in this position, suck the guard into place by exerting pressure with the tongue against the roof of the mouth.

Step 8: Mould the guard around the side of the teeth with the forefinger to ensure a tight fit.

Step 9: If the fit is not right, repeat until it feels correct.


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