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A 'must have' for sports at school and clubs.

At Hilltop Dental Practice in Cheltenham, we recommend wearing a custom made mouth guard for practice sessions, not just matches. It’s too late after it happens.

Mouthguards are essential for most contact sports, but they should also be used for other activities where injuries could occur.

Contact Sports: Rugby, Martial Arts
Collision Sports: Football, Cricket, Basketball, Hockey, Water polo, Lacrosse, Netball, Squash.
General Activities: Horse riding/racing/hunting, Skateboarding, BMX riding, Skiing.


There are two main types of mouthguard:

Custom-fitted mouthguards - professionally fitted by your dentist. We take an impression of your teeth and then creating a plaster mould. Then we construct exactly the right type of mouthguard for your sport that has the optimum thickness, coverage and dimensions.

Custom-fitted mouthguards are:

  • Tight-fitting, providing maximum protection for teeth and gums
  • Comfortable, making them easier to wear whilst playing sport, and therefore more likely to be worn.
  • Shaped to allow you to talk easily without restricting your breathing
  • They last longer than the off the shelf variety.

Over-the-counter ("boil and bite") mouthguards
- available from chemists and sports shops
Any mouthguard that hasn't been custom-fitted by a dentist will be significantly less effective in protecting you against serious mouth injury. An ill-fitting mouthguard is a lot less comfortable to wear. Some studies suggest they may only be slightly better than not wearing one at all. However, if there is absolutely no other alternative, they may provide a short-term solution.

The key to getting maximum protection from a mouthguard is how well it fits around your teeth and gums. Over-the-counter varieties don't provide enough protection from serious injury.