Archive 26/11/2018

Benefits of a custom-made mouthguard

Benefits of A Custom-Made Mouthguard

A custom-made mouthguard from Slam offers the best option, both in terms of comfort and fit and protection against dental injury. We do not recommend the use of ‘stock’ or ‘boil and bite’ mouth guards. Whilst a custom-fitted gum shield is more costly, it is worth bearing in mind that the cost of dental treatment for broken or missing teeth will far out-weigh the initial investment of a custom-made mouthguard. 

Benefits of our custom-made mouthguards:

  • Offer excellent fit compared to a ‘stock’ or ‘boil and bite’ mouth guard as it contours the shape of your teeth and gums, therefore increasing the likelihood that you will wear it;
  • Provide better comfort compared to ‘boil and bite’ mouth guards;
  • Incorporate your specific needs based on the type of sport you play;
  • Minimise speech impairment, meaning you can still communicate with your team mates;
  • Come in a range of colours, patterns and designs- you can even have your own team logo or design incorporated. 

In addition, our custom-made mouthguards are:

  • Crafted by skilled Dental Technicians;
  • Made from high-quality materials;
  • Designed with adequate thickness and ensure that all teeth are covered- every millimetre counts.

Our custom-made mouthguards are designed to: 

  • Fully enclose the teeth on the upper jaw;
  • Maximise strength in desired areas;
  • Restructure and absorb the shock of a blow to reduce or prevent fractures in teeth and jaws;
  • Provide soft tissue protection, i.e. preventing lacerations to gums, tongue and cheeks;
  • Reduce the risk of loosing teeth;
  • Give additional support by filling in missing teeth spaces.

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How to care for your mouth guard

How to care for your mouth guard

It is very important for oral health that you clean and care for your mouth guard. If not, they can become breeding grounds for bacteria, mould and fungi- causing other dental issues.

Cleaning and storage of mouth guards

  1. Directly after use the mouth guard should always be rinsed with cold or lukewarm water, this removes saliva, bacteria and any deposits.
  2. Clean regularly with a toothbrush and good quality toothpaste.
  3. Subsequent rinsing with a mouthwash solution can ensure a fresh flavour and offer additional anti-bacterial protection.
  4. You can also use an antimicrobial denture-cleansing solution, but this is not absolutely necessary.
  5. Allow the mouth guard to air dry before storing it in it’s own box to prevent it from deforming.
  6. Prolonged exposure to sunlight renders the mouthguard material brittle. So after cleaning, be sure to pack away in the box provided.

When should I replace my Slam Gum Guard?

  1. Your Slam Gum Guard should be replaced every 18 months- 2 years. For children under 14 we recommend checking the fit more frequently, as the jaw is still growing.
  2. You should regularly inspect your mouth guard and check for signs of wear and tear and replace if:
    1. it becomes distorted or develops sharp jagged edges;
    2. you develop oral irritation or ulcers.

And finally, be sure to have regular check-ups with your dentist!

 

 

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Why you should wear a mouth guard

Why you should wear a mouth guard

Dental injuries are no laughing matter. (Pardon the pun!) They are the commonest type of oro-facial injury sustained during participation in sports. When your opponent hits you in the face, you take a bad fall, or a ball flies in your face, your teeth can come together with such force that you risk losing them. A broken jaw is also a risk. If the hit is hard enough, the shock passing through your skull can cause concussion. An effective means of preventing dental injury is to wear a custom-made mouth guard. 

Gum shields, sports guards, mouth guards, or gum guards… the name doesn’t matter. They all have the same purpose: to protect your teeth, gums and mouth. Mouth guards help prevent and reduce incidence of oro-facial trauma. In addition, they can also minimise the cost of these injuries. Some dental insurance companies will not cover the cost of treatment for injuries sustained during contact sports. 

Types of injuries sustained during sports

Studies have shown that between 13% and 39% of all dental injuries are sports related. Common sports-related dental trauma includes:

  • soft tissue injuries (e.g. lacerations);
  • tooth fractures;
  • tooth intrusion (the tooth gets jammed into the tooth socket);
  • extrusion (partial displacement); avulsion (tooth is completely knocked out or tooth subluxation (tooth comes loose);
  • and TMJ (temporomandibular joint dislocation). 

90% of all oro-facial and dental trauma involves the upper lip, maxilla, and central maxillary incisors (i.e. front teeth). 

What sports require a mouth guard?

The greatest risk of dental injury is in sports such as rugby, hockey, martial arts, and boxing.

Participation in fast physical sports or sports involving moving objects (e.g bats, balls, sticks and pucks) increases the risk of injury. You should wear a mouthguard if you participate in the following sports:

Acrobatics; American Football; Baseball; Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Cycling, Equestrian Events, Extreme Sports, Field hockey, Gymnastics, Handball, Ice hockey, Inline skating and Roller Derby, Lacrosse, Martial Arts and MMA, Racquetball, Rugby, Shot putting, Skateboarding, Skiing, Skydiving, Surfing, Volleyball, Water polo, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.

The British Dental Association’s Position Statement on Mouth Guards

Read more about sports-related dental injuries on our blog.

 

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