A mouthguard, custom-fitted by your dentist at The London Clinic, can reduce the risk of dental injuries.
Sport, leisure and recreation activities are the most common cause of dental injuries and a poorly fitted, store-bought mouth guard provides limited protection to your teeth. Store purchased mouthguards are often uncomfortable and can also hinder sporting ability, breathing and communication.
By creating a moulded impression of your mouth, Dr Amy Bailey-Thompson is able to tailor a custom-made mouthguard unique to you and the sport you play. This ensures your teeth are provided with the greatest possible protection during active sport.
How to care for your mouthguard:
- Rinse the mouthguard in soap and warm (not hot) water after use. Allow it to air-dry.
- Disinfect the mouthguard from time to time with a mouthwash.
- Keep the mouthguard in a well-ventilated plastic storage box when not in use. The box should have several holes in it to aerate the mouthguard.
- Do not leave the mouthguard in direct sunlight, in a closed car or in the car’s glove box. Heat can damage the mouthguard.
- Ask your dentist to inspect your mouthguard at every dental check-up.
- Replace the mouthguard if it is at all damaged.
- Replace a child’s mouthguard every 12-18 months, even if it appears to be in good condition. Growth and new teeth can alter the fit.
- Replace an adult’s mouthguard after dental treatment or tooth loss or damage to the mouthguard. Otherwise, it should last for several years.