Mouth guards

Bupa Dental Care provides custom-made mouth guards for sports, and for conditions such as sleep apnoea, snoring and teeth grinding. There are many different types of mouth guard; you can buy some in sports shops or chemists, or you can obtain a bespoke mouth guard from your dentist.

Bespoke mouth guards are made by dental professionals to fit your mouth and teeth perfectly, so they offer the best possible comfort and protection. They are made of stronger materials and last longer than over-the-counter varieties.

Contact your local Bupa Dental Care practice to find out more about mouth guards and book an appointment. You don’t need to be a Bupa member or have insurance to use a Bupa dentist.

Sleep apnoea and snoring

A custom-made mouth guard can help with snoring and sleep apnoea by preventing the lower jaw from dropping back and closing airways while you sleep.

Devices used for treating sleep apnoea do not look very different from sports guards; they fit over the upper and lower teeth and have hinges that allow the lower jaw to be moved forward. This means that as the muscles in and around your mouth relax during sleep, the airways in your throat are kept open.

Sports mouth guards

In many contact sports such as football, boxing, rugby and hockey, injury can be prevented through the use of fitted mouth guards.

Custom-made mouth guards provided by dentists are made of stronger plastics than over-the-counter varieties and are ideal for contact sports. They provide better protection and last much longer.

Bespoke mouth guards are designed just for you, to fit your mouth and teeth exactly, and so also offer a more secure and comfortable fit. If you’re looking for protection for your teeth or braces, our dentists will be happy to discuss your options with you.

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Teeth grinding

Excessive teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) can cause teeth to become worn and chipped. It may also cause you to wake up with a sore jaw, earache or neck pain, and can result in headaches.

A dentist can check the way you bite to see if you’re grinding your teeth and may recommend wearing a mouth guard at night. These are designed to keep your upper and lower teeth apart to prevent premature tooth wear and reduce the tension in the jaw muscles.

If you think you may be suffering from teeth grinding, contact your local Bupa Dental Care practice for advice.

How is a custom mouth guard made?

Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and use this to create a detailed mould of your mouth. This will map even the smallest gaps and irregularities in your teeth, unlike over-the-counter mouth guards that can only mirror the general outline of your smile.

The mould and exact measurements of your mouth will then be used by a dental technician to create a mouth guard from strong, durable plastic. Your dentist can also select the thickness of your mouth guard to suit your needs.

The precise fit means that a bespoke mouth guard can provide greater comfort and protection than a cheaper, over-the-counter alternative.

How long does a custom mouth guard last?

Unlike shop-bought mouth guards that can change shape and degrade within a few months, a custom mouth guard can last for several years, depending on wear and tear. It is important to visit your dentist for regular check-ups to ensure your mouth guard still fits correctly.

Mouth guards worn by children whose mouths are growing may need replacing more regularly.

How do I care for my mouth guard?

Clean your mouth guard after every use to remove any bacteria and other microorganisms. You can use toothpaste and a toothbrush, or wash your mouth guard in cool soapy water. Keep your mouth guard clean by storing it in a protective case that allows for ventilation so the guard can dry out completely. This will help prevent bacteria and fungi growing on your mouth guard. You can also soak your mouth guard in antimicrobial solutions.

If properly looked after, your custom mouth guard can last for several years.


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