Do mouthguards significantly reduce dental injuries? | Game Guard

Do mouthguards significantly reduce dental injuries?

If your children play sports, make sure that their chance of suffering a dental injury is greatly reduced by wearing a mouthguard.  The face and mouth are one of the most vulnerable areas of our body and is usually the least protected.

Dentists are lobbying for the mandatory use of mouthguards for all school children or club players participating in any contact sports such as rugby, hockey, martial arts, boxing, lacrosse to name but a few. Most schools and clubs have a ‘No Mouthguard, No Play’ policy.

The British Orthodontic Society (BOS) have stated “The risk of tooth damage is increased in fast, physical sports or if moving objects are involved (such as bats and balls). Studies have shown that between 13% and 39% of all dental injuries are sports related. Approximately 25% of children in the UK will injure or lose a front tooth at some stage. Contact sports are increasingly popular which has resulted in a rise of traumatic dental injuries”

By wearing a mouthguard, you will significantly reduce the incidences of dental injuries.  It is worth bearing in mind that not all mouthguards are the same and it is important to choose one that has been tested to British Standards and bears the CE Mark.

The Game Guard Gum shields range has been CE certified and tested in accordance with BSI DD 253:2001; which means Game Guard meet the high standards set for size, fit, retention and most importantly level 2 for transmitted force (impact testing) and quality.

However, it is important to remember that no mouthguard will completely eliminate the risk of injury, but this risk is significantly reduced from not wearing one at all.

To ensure that the risk is minimised make sure that your mouthguard is comfortable to wear and stays in place.  Always clean and inspect between uses and if it is showing any signs of wear and tear then replacement is advisable.

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