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A mouthguard is a protective device worn during sporting activities to minimise injuries to teeth, the jaw and surrounding tissue.

Accidents involving teeth and related oral tissue are very common. A considerable number of these injuries occur during contact sport.

Mouthguards should be worn both when playing contact sport and during training sessions.

The advantages of mouthguards made by a dentist or dental prosthetist are:

  • they are effective in minimising dental and oral damage
  • they fit accurately, preventing dislodgement
  • they do not interfere with breathing under exertion
  • they do not interfere with speech
  • they do not excessively alter facial appearance.

Cheap over the counter mouthguards seldom fulfil any of these requirements.

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Last updated: 9 December 2011