It is extremely important to wear a custom made mouth guard whenever you play sports that involve physical contact or moving objects. This includes cricket, hockey, rugby, boxing and football- which can lead to accidents causing broken and damaged teeth.
A mouth guard, is a specially made rubber-like cover which fits exactly over your teeth and gums protecting them from damage.
A custom made mouth guard is made in a laboratory after taking dental impressions of your teeth.
Depending on your age a mouth guard may need replacing fairly regularly if you are still growing. Adults may not need to have their mouth guards replaced so often.
What about mouth guard kits from the chemist?
There are cheaper kits available from the chemist. They involve heating the product in hot water and then putting them in your mouth until it sets. Unfortunately these mouth guards can fit badly and be uncomfortable to wear. They can fall out and the material is thinnest where it is needed the most.