Wear a mouthguard at play to keep the injuries at bay
One of the most common causes of dental injury are caused by sporting accidents. Thousands of people every year, including children are treated for dental injuries that could have been minimised or even avoided if they had worn a custom-fitted mouthguard.
Did you know? Only 36% of children 5-17 wear a mouthguard!
Why do you need a mouthguard?
Damaged or knocked out teeth, broken jaws and cut lips can be sustained when playing sport. Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard helps to absorb and spread the impact of a blow to your face, which might otherwise result in an injury to your mouth or jaw.
When should I wear a mouthguard?
Mouthguards should be worn whilst playing and training for any sport where there is a possibility of contact to the face. These sports can even include skateboarding and skiing.
Why have a custom-fitted mouthguard?
Just like having the correct shoes and sporting equipment, all people playing sports need to wear the correct equipment.
There are many types of mouthguards available in Australia, ranging from cheap, over-the-counter types to professionally custom-fitted mouthguards.
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) strongly recommends wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard to ensure maximum protection. These are available from your dentist.
Over-the-counter mouthguards do not provide enough protection against injuries to your teeth, mouth or jaw. These mouthguards also often just fall out with a knock. Dental injuries can be very costly, so it is worthwhile investing in a custom-fitted mouthguard.
Custom-fitted mouthguards are made by your dentist, who takes an impression and creates a plaster model of your teeth. Custom-fitting allows your dentist to accurately assess your mouth and provide the best fitting mouthguard that is most appropriate for you.
Custom-fitted mouthguards provide a better fit than other varieties, as they are made to suit your individual needs. When made by your dentist, a custom-fitted mouthguard is:
- Allows you to speak clearly
- Won’t shift or fall out
- Won’t restrict your breathing