Mouth Guards in Sport
Fractured facial bones are common amongst cricketers, boxers and hockey players, where the player is either hit by an accelerating ball or racquet and stress fractures from repetitive blunt force in boxing. Batting helmets and face guards are used to protect against such injury. The mouth, lips, teeth, gums, jaws, tongue and cheek are vulnerable to blows that can cause tears, fractures and even concussion, depending on the impact. Mouth protection is a requirement for sports like boxing, hockey, rugby and squash, where collision and trauma may be high. These guards should fit the mouth appropriately, be durable and adequately cleaned between wear for activities.
Teeth grinding or Bruxism affects around 10% of the population. Its symptoms include headaches, teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Many people grind their teeth in their sleep, although it can happen at any time of the day.
Bruxism can be very mild through to quite severe, but the severe form will require treatment. If bruxism is left untreated then constant grinding wears down the teeth, as well as causing jaw disorders such as Temporomandibular Joint disorder (TMJ).
If you are a sportsman/woman who grinds their teeth whilst playing sport, a mouth guard can help. These are very similar to the ones worn by a boxer during a fight and are available over the counter, as well as from your Dentist. A splint can also help.
What’s the Cost?
- Consultation – £75
- Treatment starting from – £80