Buying Guide - FAQ's

GAME GUARD RANGE - FAQ's

What does a gumshield do?


A gumshield is a plastic horseshoe shaped cover that fits exactly over the teeth and gums and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips, and cheek lining, cushioning them and protecting them from damage. Whilst gumshields cannot prevent an elbow from hitting your child in the face during a match, they can lessen the damage or avoid it altogether. They achieve this by simply spreading the impact, reducing it across each area. Their construction of soft material ensures that they absorb some of the force. Gumshields prevent injuries to the mouth including teeth, gums, cheeks, and jaw.




Why is a gumshield Important?


Between 19 - 39% of dental injuries happen whilst playing sports. Mouthguards protect your teeth and help cushion a blow to the face, minimising the risk of broken teeth and injuries to lips, tongue, face, or jaw. They help prevent chipped, broken, and knocked out teeth.  They protect your child's lips, tongue, face, and help redistribute forces from a blow to the head. While a mouthguard won't prevent concussion, it can reduce the severity of the injury. Adult teeth start growing at six - seven years old, so it’s best to protect your child’s teeth sooner rather than later. Aside from the repair and recovery process, you would also be risking your child’s future self-confidence. The last thing you want is for a friendly game of rugby to leave your child with two front teeth missing.




Which sports require a gumshield to be worn?


If the sport involves a ball, stick, or close combat, then your child will need protection. If there is a chance that a bat, stick, ball, or another person could hit them in the face, especially around the mouth, then they need to wear a gum shield.  Injuries can happen at any time from anybody, whether it’s a competitor, teammate, or even themselves inflicting the injury, gumshields provide protection and peace of mind. Game Guard Gum shields are suitable for all contact sports including but not exclusively the following: Rugby, Hockey, Football, Lacrosse, Cricket, Boxing, Martial Arts, MMA, Basketball, Rounders, Skateboarding, Mountain Biking, Scootering and Horse Riding.




What different types of mouthguards are available?


There are 3 varieties of mouthguards on the market: Stock / Ready-Made / Instant Fit: these are available in a range of premade shapes and sizes, however these do not offer a comfortable fit or high protection level because of their one-shape, one size, fits-all build. Boil-and-bite / Mouth Adapted:  a middle-ground between premade and custom-made. Named after the process to mould them, which is to place them in boiling water before biting into them to leave an impression of your teeth. Custom-made / Custom Fit:  Moulded to your teeth by a dental professional. A dentist will take an impression of your teeth and gums, then orders a guard personalised to your bite. This is the most expensive option and can cost £35 upwards. Although there are a few different kinds of mouthguard available, the general function is the same: they help protect your mouth and teeth from damage.




What type are Game Guard gumshields?


Game Guard Gumshields are Boil & Bite.




How to pick the right shape and size of gumshield


The size and shape of a gumshield should be one where it covers over all the teeth, including the molars. The outline form of the gumshield should extend beyond just the teeth and onto the surrounding gum tissue too. Game Guard are available in the following sizes, however, please note this is just a guide and will depend on the size of your child and their mouth. Single Game Guard Gumshields are available in the following: Junior – Suitable for children up to the age of 13 Adult – Suitable for ages 13+ Double Game Guard Gumshields are only available in Adult size. If the gumshield is too big, it can easily be trimmed to fit.




What does the Game Guard range consist of?


Single gumshield – adult/ junior Double gumshield for upper and lower teeth




What is the difference between a single and double game guard gumshield?


Single gumshields cover the top teeth only. Double gumshields cover both top and bottom teeth.




What sports are double gumshields suitable for?


Double gumshields are suitable for anyone who needs extra protection for the mouth, gums, and jaw; MMA, boxing, Muay Thai, Rugby players, Hockey players, American footballers, Taekwondo, Karate, Judo and Jiu jitsu players.




How do I choose the right gumshield for my child?


It depends on the type of sport your child participates in and the age of your child. Most children will only require a single gumshield. Double gumshields are more commonly used by older children in boxing and martial arts. Single Game Guard Gumshields are available in the following:

  • Junior – Suitable for children up to the age of 13
  • Adult – Suitable for ages 13+
  • Double Game Guard Gumshields are only available in Adult size.
Most sports gumshields are only fitted to the athlete’s upper jaw. Here’s why:- The lower jaw’s joint allows it to move freely, which means when it is struck by a blow, some of the force will be buffered by the jaw’s reactive motion. In comparison, the upper jaw is fixed in position, and because of this, traumatic forces directed to it will be fully absorbed (by it and the teeth it holds). This difference in the amount of force each jaw can help to dissipate explains why the upper front teeth (especially the central incisors) are the ones most likely to be damaged in an accident. Simply due to their positioning, they frequently end up receiving a large amount of the force delivered by a blow, and because they are a part of the upper (immovable) jaw, the force tends to remain focused on and around them, thus resulting in breakage. The Double Gumshield are designed to fit over both the upper and lower jaws. The advantages of the double gumshield are:
  • It provides a greater level of protection for the lower teeth.
  • It may provide greater protection for the jaw joint too.




What colours do the gumshields come in?


Game Guard are available in the following 14 colours from plain to sparkling. Clear Black Blue Baby Blue Baby Pink Red Green Yellow White Pink Sparkle Gold Blue Sparkle Silver Green Sparkle Also available in 3 flavours, Spearmint, Strawberry and Blackcurrant.




What does a gumshield taste like?


Gumshields do not taste of anything, however if your child has a weak gagging reflex then wearing one can potentially make them gag. To enhance the experience of wearing a mouthguard, our flavoured range are available to trick the senses and hopefully combat the potential gagging problem. Game Guard are available in the following 3 different flavours in clear and coloured.

  • Spearmint (Green or Clear)
  • Strawberry (Red or Clear)
  • Blackcurrant (Black or Clear)




Are the flavourings and colours used in the manufacture of Game Guard gumshields safe?


Yes, all flavourings and colours are in line with the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) list and are deemed harmless.




Can a Game Guard Gumshield be worn with braces?


They can but it is best to consult your dentist as to the suitability.




Do Game Guard Gumshields come with a case?


Yes, each gumshield comes with its own case and fitting instructions.




What pack sizes are Game Guard Gumshields available in?


Available in Single or Double Double gumshields are designed to fit over both the upper and lower jaws, providing a greater level of protection for the lower teeth and jaw joint. Single Gumshield:

  • Available in two sizes – adult (13+ years) & junior (8+ years)
  • Available as single item, packs of x10 or bumper packs x100
Double Gumshield:
  • Available in Adult size only
  • Available as single item or packs of x7




How often should it be replaced?


Depending on your child’s age and how often they use it, the gumshield may need replacing regularly.  If your child’s teeth are still growing, new teeth will be coming through and moving into position, so their mouth guard may become too tight or too loose and will need to be remoulded to fit the new shape of their mouth.  Game Guard gumshields are an easy self-fit option, at a fantastic price and are available to buy in packs of x10, so will potentially last for the entire school year or sports season. We recommend replacing your mouthguard with each season to maximise hygiene and protection benefits.




Are Game Guard Gumshields safe to put in your mouth?


Game Guard gumshields have excellent safety credentials and offer good value at an affordable price.  The entire range has been CE certified by SATRA and tested in accordance with BSI DD 253:2001; which means Game Guard gumshields meet the high standards set for size, fit, retention and most importantly level 2 for transmitted force (impact testing) and quality. Game Guard gumshields provide optimum protection to your child’s teeth and are equally as effective as some of the more expensive alternatives. To acquire CE Testing must be both impact and innocuous tested. Impact measures the amount of energy that is transferred to the mouthguard to your teeth if you sustain a blow. The better the mouthguard is at absorbing shock and diffusing impact, the better protected you will be. CE certified mouthguards also undergo chemical analyses to ensure that the materials they are made with are innocuous and will not harm users. Various tests are conducted to confirm that chemicals present in the material will not leech into a person’s body in dangerous quantities, that toxic elements cannot be scraped off due to biting or licking, and that certain PAH’s either are not there or are found in very minimal quantities. Other compounds that should not be present include Formamide, BPA and Pthalate (DEHP) which are not tested for in the CE approval process.




Do Game Guard gumshields contain latex?


No, our gumshields do not contain latex.




Where are Game Guard gumshields manufactured?


Game Guard Gumshields are manufactured here in the UK by Paul Norman Plastics Limited an injection moulding company based in Stroud, Gloucestershire.




Why choose a Game Guard Gumshield?


All gumshields are made here in the UK and are CE Marked by SATRA. Our gumshields have been purchased and trusted by thousands of Schools and Clubs for over 25 years. By choosing Game Guard Gumshields you can purchase with confidence, direct from us, the manufacturer. It is important to remember that no mouth guard will eliminate the risk of injury, but this risk is significantly reduced from not wearing one at all. Game Guard Gumshields are high quality, easy to fit, gumshields that provide optimum protection to player’s teeth and mouth, giving peace of mind at an affordable price.





FITTING INSTRUCTIONS - FAQ's

How long will a Game Guard Gumshield last?


Essentially it depends on how often your child uses their gumshield, whether they look after it and of course, whether they lose it.




How do I know when to replace my mouthguard?


Signs that your child needs a new mouthguard include the following: There are permanent flaws. Boil & Bite mouthguards can often be remoulded more than once to adjust the shape, however reforming them will not address structural issues like cracks. Your child’s mouthguard no longer fits securely in their mouth. If they must clench their teeth to keep the mouthguard in place or can loosen it easily with their tongue, it no longer fits them as it should. The shape of their mouth has changed. Whether they have had dental treatment or whether they are still growing, it is imperative that they have a mouthguard that fits them properly.




What should I do with the gumshield after use?


  1. Clean it.
  2. Put it back in the case.
  3. Label the case with your child’s name.




How do I clean and store my Game Guard gumshield?


  • Always clean the gumshield with cold water following use.  Do not use mouthwashes, toothpaste, or other detergents.
  • Clean the gumshield box with warm water.  Always ensure that the gumshield is dry before storing in the box.
  • Always keep the gumshield in its box when not in use.
  • Inscribe the user’s name indelibly on the gumshield box.




How easy is it to mould a Game Guard Gumshield?


Game Guard gum shields are very quick and easy to mould, all you need to do is follow the instructions provided which involves placing the mouthguard in boiling water for no longer than 40 seconds. Before moulding allow the gumshield to cool to a suitable level, and carefully place the gumshield around the upper teeth, bite down firmly whilst sucking in strongly, use your fingers to press the edges of the gumshield into your teeth and gums for 30 seconds. Remove the gumshield and cool under a running cold tap for 60 seconds. Replace the gumshield into the mouth and test for fit and retention. The gumshield should not fall out and should feel comfortable. The fitting instructions form part of the rear label, which need to be peeled back to reveal the information.




Can a Game Guard Gumshield be remoulded?


Yes, Game Guard Gumshields can be remoulded.




How do I know if the gumshield has been moulded correctly?


It should fit snuggly around your teeth and not fall out when you open your mouth. If it does then you need to remould it by repeating the fitting instructions.




How do I know if the gumshield has been moulded correctly?


It should fit snuggly around your teeth and not fall out when you open your mouth. If it does then you need to remould it by repeating the fitting instructions.





Buying Guide for Parents 

Participating in sports is hugely beneficial for children, it plays a key part in their well being, brings them together with friends, and keeps them fit, healthy and happy.   As a spectating parent however, it can be quite the worry to watch your child getting pushed and thrown about.  

 

Contact sports have become increasingly popular resulting in the rise of traumatic dental injuries, taking your child out of the game, and lead to unnecessary dental treatment. 

To mitigate the risk, anyone participating in contact sports should wear a gumshield.  With many UK schools and clubs operating a “No mouthguard, No Play” Policy, it is compulsory to wear one for sports played in and outside of schools.  Mouthguards are now a mandatory item on the PE Kit list. 

With different types and so many brands available, choosing the right mouthguard to protect your child’s teeth and help reduce the risk of serious mouth and jaw injuries can be confusing.  Which kind of mouthguard will be best?  What size do I need?  Can my child wear one if they have braces? 

We have developed this guide to help answer all these questions and more.   

Paul Norman Plastics Ltd

Unit S5, Inchbrook Trading Estate

Bath Road, Woodchester

Stroud, Glos, GL5 5EY

Tel: 01453 833388

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