A sports guard or gum shield is the most important piece of equipment a contact sport player should own. The sports guard not only protects your teeth and gums, it can reduce damage around the jaw and your chances of getting concussed. As every mouth is different, so every sports-guard should be moulded to fit perfectly around the top half of a players mouth.
What are the different types of Sport guards?
- Custom made sports guards – These are individually made & designed by your dentist. They provide the most comfortable fit & best protection. Your dentist makes an impression of your teeth & then constructs the sports guard on a model of them
- Stock Sports Guards – These are inexpensive , they come preformed & ready to use. Unfortunately they do not fit very well. They can be bulky & make breathing difficult.
How long should a sports guard last ?
Sports guards can wear down over time , making them less effective.
Replacing them is especially important for adolescents because their mouths are continuing to grow & develop into adulthood.
It is best to have your guard checked at each six monthly checkup
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