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Playing football with braces - mouth guard?

(4 Posts)
tactum Sat 25-Feb-17 12:19:20

Son had a top fixed brace fitted this week. Being an absolute superstar and all going well

Due to play football this weekend and I forgot to ask if he needs to wear a mouth guard. Does he?? Googling tells me he should but is that just being ultra cautious?

In reality do kids bother? Can't recall seeing a mouth guard on a football pitch. Did yours?


Bleu2 Sat 25-Feb-17 23:46:06

Absolutely yes!
Custom made is preferable but anything mouldable from a sports shop is better than nothing.

troodiedoo Sat 25-Feb-17 23:49:56

I don't know about football needing gum shield, you'd be best asking his coach. But if you do, with a brace it must be a custom made one from dentist, please don't use a boil and bite one from sports direct.

Bleu2 Sun 26-Feb-17 11:07:41

Any contact sport requires a gum shield.
You definitely can use a generic one (from a sports shop) in the interim while a custom one is constructed by his general dentist.
Over the course of my career I've re-implanted many children's avulsed incisors ( am a dentist-hospital). Without exception, all those kids where this had happened during contact sports, had not been wearing any sort of gum shield.

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