Mouth guards help to absorb the shock experienced by a blow to the face, that might otherwise result in an injury to the mouth or jaw.

Mouth guards should be worn whilst playing and training for any sport that could involve contact to the face.

Mouth guards need to be washed in cold water (and could also be brushed with toothpaste) after use, dried and stored in a plastic container.

Mouth guards need to be kept in a cool place, as mouth guards can be distorted by high temperatures.

Children should not share mouth guards as this can transmit unwanted germs into your child’s mouth through the mouth guard.

A mouth guard should be reviewed every 12 months by your dentist to ensure it continues to fit correctly, as children’s baby teeth begin to move as their adult teeth emerge, causing the mouth guard to then be a different shape to the child’s teeth.