What is a Mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a specially moulded piece of plastic that fits over the upper teeth and gums. Many people think mouthguards simply protect teeth from damage but they can do more. A mouthguard can also offer protection against a wide range of facial injuries.
Preventation of sports injuries to the teeth can be achieved by the wearing of properly constructed mouthguards when playing sport.
A mouthguard works by absorbing and spreading the force of a blow to the face, reducing the risk of:
Losing a tooth
Cuts to the lips, cheeks and tongue
Who should wear a Mouthguard?
Anyone who takes part in sport where there be a risk of facial or head injuries should wear a mouthguard.
Research in America has shown a dramatic drop in the number of these injuries among football players who are now obliged by law to wear a mouthguard. Particpants in other sports such as basketball, netball, hockey, hurling, cricket, soccer, gaelic, rugby, camogie, canoeing and squash are also known to be at risk.
In fact experts recommend: “in all sports where a boot, ball, racquet, stick, fist or elbow etc. can hit someones head - mouthguards should be worn.”