Posted by: Reg | 2006/04/14



You are in: Health24 : Experts : Dental expert

Dental expert
Who is the dental expert?

Please note that our Dental Expert is finding it difficult to log onto the site at the moment. Questions will be answered as soon as possible.
Before you post a question, please use the search function on the right-hand side of this page to check for questions, similar to yours, that have already been answered.

Click here for the latest research on oral health.

Health24 forums are not intended to be a substitute for medical advice. Always contact your doctor if you feel you need medical advice or treatment.
Back to forum
Subject: Plate/Guard
Posted by: Reg
My brother recently asked his dentist about a mouth guard as he bites his cheeks and tongue (not on purpose). The dentist suggested a bite plate instead . It looks like a retainer. I don't see how this can help, although I could be wrong. Wouldn't a mouth guard like the boxers wear be more helpful? Thanks

Expert's Reply


Oral health expert

A bite plate is made specifically to fit a persons teeth, it is also designed to keep the opposing teeth slightly apart (so as not to bite the cheek for eg). A bite plate would in my opinion serve a better purpose than a conventional mouth guard that can be bought from a store.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

user comments


Posted by: G | 2006/04/18

Hi there - there is a new product that has come out by a company called Myo health. It is a bit plate that fits only in the front of your mouth.

Reply to G
Posted by: Melbalina | 2006/04/17

Hi Reg. The gum guards that rugby players etc use, are not ideal in your brother's case. The reason is, the gum guards the sportsmen buy from the shops are softer than the normal bite plate and also do not always fit properly, as they are not custom made. The bite plate is hard, yet smoothed underneath. The reason for this, is so when your brother tries to clench or grind his teeth at night, they tend to slide more on this area on the bite plate, not making full contact, and relieving the problem alot. It is not a cure but will help a great deal. Good luck!

Reply to Melbalina

Want to comment?

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.