What protection is there when playing sports?
The best protection is from a bespoke mouth guard. Custom fit gum shields are far superior to ‘boil and bite’ or off-the-shelf gum shields as they are unique to each person’s mouth and fit better as it is made from an accurate impression of your mouth. A custom-made mouth guard can be up to 2.5mm thicker, act as a shock-absorber following impact and spreads the load following a blow. The contact area of a custom-made mouth guard is greater, breathing is not hindered, it will not move during activity, and speech is less impaired. The British Dental Health Foundation recommends the use of custom-made mouthguards.