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Preventing Sports Injury at College Street Dental Centre

Updated: Dec 18, 2018

We have recently seen a couple of yongsters at our Practice who have come in to restore their broken teeth - one from a hockey stick injury and one from a fall.

Research shows there is an increasing number of people, children and adults alike, visiting their dentist with tooth trauma as a result of falling or being injured whilst playing sport.  Anyone who plays sport on a regular basis, child or adult, especially ball or contact sports such as Hockey, Rugby or Judo may be at risk of oral injury and should consider investing in a Child's Sports Mouthguard or an Adult's Sports Mouthguard.

Dentists have been known to treat patients whose injuries have resulted in;

  • chipped teeth

  • broken teeth

  • fractured crowns or bridges

  • lip and cheek damage

  • root damage

  • broken jaw

The use of a simple mouthguard can help prevent such oral injuries.

Mouthguards are usually made of a malleable plastic material which are worn in the mouth to protect the soft tissues and gums in and around the mouth as well as the teeth itself.

There are a number of different types of mouthguards available:

  • Stock. These are usually sold in sports shops and are the cheapest option. However, they are often bulky and ill-fitting therefore not offering a very good level of protection.

  • Boil and Bite. These are probably the most widely used. Again however, they can be uncomfortable and do not offer a good level of thickness and therefore poor protection of the posterior teeth.

  • Tailor-made. College Street Dental Centre can provide you with your very own tailor made mouthguard from as little as £75. Our dentists can take an impression of your teeth which enables the shield to be constructed to your exact specifications. Your mouthguard is also bespoke in terms of colour, design and style. It can even have your name on it! Two simple 20 minute appointments is all it takes.

Most shop bought mouthguards are not suitable for anyone undergoing active Orthodontic treatment due to the brackets and sharp arch wires.  College Street Dental Centre do have alternatives available, again custom-fitted, for anyone who wears braces.

The British Dental Association recommends that anyone engaged in contact sports should use a well made mouthguard to reduce the risk of injury to teeth, bone and lips.  It will also reduce the risk of consussion.  A custom made guard designed by your dentist will be more comfortable to wear and more likely to stay in place on impact.

For more information or to book an appointment simply call a member of our Client Managment Team  on 01730 263180 or email

For further information or advice contact College Street Dental Centre in Petersfield, Hampshire on 01730 263180


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