[Mouthguards: a difficult choice?]
SourceNederlands Tijdschrift voor Tandheelkunde, 114, 6, (2007), pp. 242-7
Article / Letter to editor
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Orthodontics and Oral Biology
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Tandheelkunde
SubjectUMCN 4.3: Tissue engineering and reconstructive surgery
It is the dentists' task to advise their patients what type of mouthguard grants the best possible protection. It is generally accepted that off-the-counter mouthguards are not sufficiently protective. These mouthguards are usually ill-fitting and not worn in the mouth but in the sporting shorts' pocket instead. A custom-fabricated mouthguard is proven to offer maximal protection. A mouthguard has to offer adequate protection with high comfort. A composite laminate construction and space between the inner surface of the mouthguard and the labial surface of the upper front teeth are essential for adequate protection. Transitional dentition and/or orthodontic appliances are no limitation to fabricate a custom-formed mouthguard.
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