Do I need a mouthguard?
More than five million teeth a damaged or lost each year as a result of a sport or accident injury that a properly fitting mouthguard could have prevented. A recent survey found that 25 per cent of adults are using an improperly fitted mouthguard. While you can buy one-size-fits-all mouthguards in sports stores and chemists, they aren’t nearly as effective as those moulded to your teeth and gums specifically.
A tailor-made mouthguard is typically a one-off cost for adults that will effectively protect your teeth. These are clearly a must for children and adults involved in physical activity that endangers their teeth.
How do I look after my mouthguard?
- Never clean your mouthguard with toothpaste or your regular toothbrush as it is too abrasive and cause staining and plaque build-up on the guard
- Immediately after removing the mouthguard, rinse with cold/room temperature water and clean with hand soap
- Clean with a new toothbrush that has never had toothpaste on it
- Allow to dry in a perforated container
- Avoid hot water as it can warp the mouthguard
- Keep it away from reach of pets