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How important are mouth guards for sport?

If you are playing a contact sport, the importance of custom made, bi-laminate (double layered) mouth guards cannot be underestimated!  Custom made mouth guards are a relatively cheap "insurance policy" for your teeth and the bone that holds them in place in your upper jaw.  Wearing you mouth guard while playing is, of course, important, but so too is wearing it at training - in fact just as many mouth injuries happen at training as during the game.  Our dentists suggest that mouth guards are essential for football, basketball, hockey, martial arts and even soccer.

Custom made mouth guards are comfortable to wear because they are made just for you!  Many people often complain that the "boil and bite" mouth guards are a bit flimsy and uncomfortable to wear and they certainly can't talk easily with them in.  A custom made mouth guard will fit snugly and will extend beyond the teeth that you can see to help protect the supporting bone.  Since they are so comfortable, they are more likely to be worn, which is of course important!  We can even have your mouth guard made with your name in, so a lost one will be more likely to make it back to you!

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COVID-19 UPDATE: From Friday 6th August 2020 the provision of dental treatment has been limited to URGENT care only.  We only a phone call away (even if we are not at the practice) and can advise you if your concern can wait until it's safer or if we need to see you now. At ALL times, we take infection control very seriously.  Our additional precautions, on top of our usual high standards are aimed at minimising the risk of infection for you, your family and our staff.  Rest assured that we continue to provide you with great care in a clean and safe environment.