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Sports Mouth Guards

sports mouth guards

Maintaining oral and dental health helps to improve the athlete’s performance. Sports mouth guards aim to reduce traumatic injuries that may occur during sports activities. Also they protect dental hard tissues from the acidic released by food and beverages. Dental sports guards can be produced in a short time thanks to digital dentistry.

Products taken in the form of sports drinks, liquid or solid food supplements can cause significant damage to tooth hard tissues due to their high free sugar and acidic nature. Sports guards protect dental hard tissues by preventing acid from touching the teeth.

The use of mouthguards, especially in people who do sports, helps prevent serious oral and dental injuries. In some sports such as ice hockey, boxing, taekwondo, American football, soccer, basketball, etc., dentists recommend sports aligners to minimize the damage caused by impacts in accidents that may occur. Accidents in these sports can affect the jaw and face. The impact to the jaw can cause soft tissue damage as well as damage to the teeth and jawbone.

Where to Get a Sports Mouth Guards?

Sports guards can be in 3 different forms:

  • Prefabricated (ready-made) type aligners
  • Thermoformed type plaque
  • Custom made sports guard, specially produced in the dental clinics

Mouth guards can also be bought ready-made from sports stores. However, these are standardized and may not fit the teeth properly. Therefore, they may not provide complete and effective protection. Some ready-made products may even cause more harm than good because they do not fit the mouth and teeth.

Custom sports mouth guards, which are specially produced in clinics, are produced by taking the intraoral measurements of the person’s mouth and are exactly compatible with the person’s teeth. 

With a mouth guard of sufficient thickness and a natural fit with the correct position of the jaw joint, the damage that may occur can be prevented or the severity of the trauma can be reduced by ensuring that the concussions that may occur are dispersed before reaching the skull.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that athletes or people who engage in sports activities should use a custom-made mouthguard to protect themselves from jaw, teeth and head injuries.

How often should sports guard be replaced?

Mouthguards, also known as sports guards, are made according to the age of the patient and whether he/she has received orthodontic treatment or not. The guards should be replaced regularly. Especially in children, the protective guards should be replaced in line with the child’s development. Otherwise, it may have negative effects on the growth and development of the child.

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DDS Tulay Kaya was born in Bulgaria in 1984. She completed her secondary and high school education in Izmir and graduated from Ege University Faculty of Dentistry in 2008. Her graduation thesis topic was “The Place and Importance of Bisphosphonates in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery” and she continued her university education at Universidade Do Porto in Portugal.

She speaks English fluently. Tulay Kaya, who is fluent in English, continued to provide private clinic services in Kuşadası between 2008 and 2012 within the Private Lotus Dental Clinic, which she established with Dr. Erdem Kaya in 2012.

DDS. Tulay Kaya, mainly carries out aesthetic dentistry applications in the clinic, also serves her patients with general dentistry applications. DDS. Tulay Kaya continues to offer dental treatments in renewed Lotus Dental clinic with the participation of Pedodontist DDS PhD. Gülcan Şahin to the team as of 2017.

Maxillofacial Surgeon Erdem Kaya

Maxillofacial Surgeon


DDS PhD. Erdem Kaya was born in Ankara in 1980. After completing his secondary and high school education in Ankara, he was entitled to get into Gazi University Faculty of Dentistry.

DDS PhD. Erdem Kaya successfully graduated from Gazi University in 2004 and started his doctoral education at Ege University Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Oral, Dental and Maxillofacial Surgery in the same year.

He successfully completed his doctoral education with the thesis topic “Clinical and Radiological Investigation of Two Different Surface Properties of Dental Implants in Conventional and Immediatric Loading” in 2010.

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