Mouth Guards

Posted on : 17-09-2012 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Dentist and Dentistry, Oral Health, Preventive Dentistry

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Mouth guards are commonly used in many contact sports to help prevent concussions. There are a variety of mouth guards available, including boil-and-bite customizable mouth guards, custom-made mouth guards available from your dentist and stock mouth guards that are sold in sporting goods stores. Mouth guards with straps are used in contact sports like football and hockey so that the player can attach the mouth guard to his face mask and not worry about losing it on the ice or the field. Mouth guards are coverings worn over teeth, and often used to protect teeth from injury from teeth grinding and during sports.



Types of Mouth Guards


There are three types of mouth guards:

1. Stock Mouth Protectors

These mouth guards are preformed and come ready to wear. They are reasonably priced and can be bought at most sporting good stores and department stores.

2. Boil and Bite Mouth Protectors

It is used in many sporting goods stores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth      protectors. The “boil and bite” mouth guard is made from thermoplastic material.

3. Custom-fitted Mouth Protectors

These are individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist’s instructions it provides the most comfort and protection.

Generally, mouth guards cover your upper teeth only, but in some cases dentist will make a mouth guard for the lower teeth. An effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tears, be durable and easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech.


Mouth guards are used to attach the mouth guard to the face mask of the helmet to keep the mouth guard from hitting the ground when the player takes it out of his mouth. Since football and hockey players take frequent breaks and use these breaks to rest and get a drink, they usually just spit out their mouth guard.


The mouth guard must be properly fitted to the athlete to provide maximum protection. Mouth guards with straps are especially beneficial for contact sport athletes to keep them from having to purchase multiple mouth guards in a season due to losing the mouth guard during play or when removing their helmet.


Always release bite on the mouth guard if your helmet is removed suddenly during game play. If it continue to bite on the mouth guard and your helmet is pulled from your head risk a tooth or jaw injury. Avoid wearing a mouth guard with a strap if you play a contact sport that does not require wearing a face mask. For example, boxers should wear traditional mouth guards that don’t have a strap attached, as the strap could be grabbed by the opponent, leading to tooth or jaw injuries.


For further details take guidelines from your dentist. You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi

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