As a result the dental profession is lobbying for the mandatory use of gumshields for all school children or club players participating in contact sports. The British Orthodontic Society, the British Dental Association, Rugby Football League Association, British Boxing Council, English Hockey Association and Rugby Football Union, emphatically recommend a gumshield should be part of the sports kit. The Rugby Football Association’s website comments that: “In the best interests of players’ safety, we strongly recommend that all players wear a gumshield during any contact rugby sessions. It has been shown that this significantly reduces the incidence of dental injuries”.
Gumshields with Braces
There are several different types of ‘ortho-guard’ gumshields specially designed to fit over fixed braces and the British Orthodontic Society recommends that this is the best type to use with a fixed brace. At Wells Orthodontics we will advise and supply an appropriate gumshield to suit your needs:
Selecting the right Gumshield
Your gumshield should be comfortable, well-fitting and not prone to dislodging on impact. It should provide adequate thickness of material (4mm) over vulnerable areas to reduce impact forces. When biting lightly on the guard, large areas of its biting surface should be in contact with the teeth in the opposing jaw, minimising the risk of jaw fracture.