A mouthguard is a specially made, rubber-like cover which fits exactly over your teeth and gums, cushioning them and protecting them from damage. It is important to wear a professionally made mouthguard whenever you play sport that involves physical contact or moving objects. This includes: Rugby, Gaelic Football, Hurling, Boxing, Kickboxing, Martial arts, Hockey, American Football and Cricket.
Mouthguards are made by taking an accurate impression of your mouth and making the mouthguard fit your own teeth.
The dentist will register the way your jaws bite together to make sure the mouthguard meets properly with your teeth. There are cheaper kits available. They involve heating the product in hot water and then putting it in your mouth until it sets. Unfortunately, these mouthguards can fit badly and be uncomfortable to wear. They can fall out or even cause choking. Also the material is at its thinnest where it is needed most.
There are many types of mouthguard including striped, multi-coloured and clear. Many people now have coloured mouthguards made in their favourite team’s colours or to match their own sports strip.