Oral Health CareCaring for Your Smile
Gum-shields or mouth-guards as they are also known help to protect teeth and gum from injury. The first custom made mouthguards were made by a London dentist in 1892 for boxers. It is recommended that if you play a sport that could involve physical contact or fast moving objects that you wear a mouth-guard.
A number of sports are considered especially high risk for you teeth and mouth.
How Gumshields Work
Mouth-guards are custom made to fit teeth and gums. They help prevent damage to the jaw, neck and even the brain – helping to prevent the concussion and damage caused by a heavy blow. Your dentist will take an accurate impression of your mouth which ensures that the mouth-guard properly fits your teeth and gums. Home kits that are sent away to be made tend to be of inferior quality due to the impression material and transit time. Even cheaper home kits that involve heating up a rubber material in hot water are the worst. They tend fit badly and can be uncomfortable to wear. They also tend to be loose, prone t falling out and are at their thinnest where most protection is needed.
How Long Do They Last
How long a mouth-guard lasts depends mainly on your age. With children as they grow so does the mouth so the mouthguard will need replacing more often.
Many people like to have brightly coloured mouth guards. You can even have a multi-coloured mouth guard. Just ask your dentist and we can arrange the for which ever colour you like to be made!
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