Use and care for your mouth guard

A properly made mouthguard will help protect your teeth and jaws from injury while playing sport and help prevent concussion. This type of mouthguard is custom made to fit a model of your teeth and jaws. It’s made for you and will fit comfortably and not impede your breathing.

How to wear

Slide the mouth guard into your mouth and push it upward to cover your upper teeth. A properly fitted mouth guard fits firmly and snuggly over the teeth.  If the guard slips or is loose, bring it back to our practice as it may need to be adjusted by the dentist. When removing the mouth guard, pull down on one side of the guard to release suction and pull forward.

When to wear

Mouthguards should be worn to prevent injuries incurred during sport. Remember to wear your mouthguard when playing sport and during training.

Cleaning

Your mouthguard can stain and absorb odors that can cause bacteria to grow on the mouthguard, if not cared for properly. Always, after each use, rinse your mouthguard with cold water and dry thoroughly before returning it to the protective case provided. The mouthguard should also be rinsed with cold water before reinserting it into the mouth. At least once per week, brush your mouthguard with a soft toothbrush, soap and luke warm water (no toothpaste or mouthwash) to clean and disinfect it. You may also occasionally soak the mouth guard in denture cleaner (be sure to follow the directions on the denture cleaner box).

Do Not

  • Do not place custom mouthguard in hot/boiling water for cleaning or soaking, as it will change the shape of the mouthguard. They are not the ones you purchase from the chemist.

  • Do not use alcohol-based products for soaking or cleaning.

  • Do not chew on your mouthguard or eat while wearing it as this can alter the fit and weaken its performance.

  • Do not store the mouthguard box in direct sunlight and do not subject your mouthguard to extremities of temperature.

  • Do not soak the mouthguard in Dettol, Listerine.

  • Do not use toothpaste on the mouthguard.

Storing

If you are not wearing your mouthguard, store it in the hygienic mouthguard box which has been provided. Mouthguards that get put in pockets/bags or wrapped in tissues or napkins get lost or thrown out by accident. The mouthguard should be kept at room temperature.  Rooms or areas with high temperatures (such as a car glove compartment), can cause the mouth guard to become distorted and weaken the device.

Maintenance

Your custom made mouthguard has been manufactured for the sole use of you. Do not let others use it. Its longevity, comfort, and effectiveness depends on its care. It will not provide maximum protection if it is ripped, distorted, or if there are any holes in it that allow the top and bottom teeth to touch each other.

Only a dentist should undertake any adjustments to your custom made mouthguard. Mouthguards should be checked regularly throughout the season for tears, distortion or bite-though. Frequency of replacement will depend on the use and quality of care. It’s a good idea to take your mouthguard to all your check up appointments so your dentist can make sure it still fits properly.

Note: It must be remembered that the cost of replacing a lost or damaged mouthguard is not covered in the original fee quoted and a separate fee may be charged.

If your mouthguard absorbs a blow, it should be replaced immediately. We are not responsible if a severe blow has caused a tooth to be knocked out.