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Old 07-05-2007, 09:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Mouth guards/Gum shields?

HI, ive very recently started training BJJ and Muay Thai and obviously i need a mouth guard.

I need some advice on which to get, any reccomendations?
Double? Single?

And what in your opinion is the highest quality brand on the market?

Thanks guys.
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Old 07-05-2007, 11:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 07-05-2007, 02:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Cheers, these are pricey but great.
Have to save a bit before i splash out on one.


Any mid-market quality ones anywhere?
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Don't know about "highest quality brand" on the market, because it's pretty much a given that if you want a quality mouthguard, the best thing to do is to hit up an Orthodontist/Dentist and pony up a couple hundred dollars for a fully custom-fit one (especially if you have orthodontic devices like braces).

Other than that, most MMAist and grapplers will use single pieces. From a plain/generic single, all the way up to the more price Brain Pads, you want to get one if you're in any type of contact sport. Myself, I've broken 2 molars grappling, but suprisingly never had any issues during stand up. In either case, even if I had a $2 generic from Big 5, it wouldn't have happened. You will probably only worry about a double if you are doing a lot of dedicated striking.

In either case, if you are thinking about competing you want to get one ASAP. Having a mouthguard in place changes the way you breathe pretty dramatically and you want to get used to that. I actually have 3 mouthguards myself (2 plain generic ones for regular training and drills, 1 Shock Doctor Pro for sparring). You can look at this page here to get an idea of what's out there.
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Thanks for all the info.
And that link is great too.
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My trainer always suggests buying the cheaper, singles when you start out, as they get the job done, aren't expensive and for beginners are "better" then the more expensive ones. Being a user of the generic ones only, I can't give you a first hand experience, but passing on the words of advice of my great Boxing trainer, "just get a cheap one to start, it works better for new guys."
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My trainer always suggests buying the cheaper, singles when you start out, as they get the job done, aren't expensive and for beginners are "better" then the more expensive ones. Being a user of the generic ones only, I can't give you a first hand experience, but passing on the words of advice of my great Boxing trainer, "just get a cheap one to start, it works better for new guys."
Cheers for the info, ive picked up a couple of singles t start out,they seem to fit quite nicely too.
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My trainer always suggests buying the cheaper, singles when you start out, as they get the job done, aren't expensive and for beginners are "better" then the more expensive ones. Being a user of the generic ones only, I can't give you a first hand experience, but passing on the words of advice of my great Boxing trainer, "just get a cheap one to start, it works better for new guys."

i agree with brownpimp.. i started out with shock doctors and they did their job... and it enables you to pick a design that suits your style bec they are not too expensive..

then i had a really good friend who was a dentist and he hooked me up with a custom made pair where i only paid for the materials (no labor)...
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