Each year, thousands of people are treated for dental injuries, which could have been prevented or the severity minimised, by wearing a protective mouthguard. It is therefore important to understand how best to protect teeth against injury. Parents who have children participating in sport (or do so themselves), this is a must read:
Why Wear A Mouthguard?
Mouthguards help to absorb the shock from a collision or impact to the face. The protection of a mouthguard can reduce or even completely stop damage to the teeth caused by impacts. Trauma can include chipped, broken or lost teeth, nerve damage and/or soft tissue injuries.
Tips About Mouthguards
- Mouthguards should be worn at training and during game play in sports that carry the risk of contact to the face
- Check your mouthguard every 12 months for optimum fit to ensure best protection. Younger children who are still losing baby teeth may need to have their mouthguard reviewed more regularly.
- As per the Australian Dental Association recommendations, mouthguards should be custom-made and professionally fitted for maximum protection. A custom fit is NOT provided by mouthguards that can be purchased from pharmacies, sports stores or for ‘home fitting’. Dangers of wearing non-custom made mouthguards can include: Inaccuracy of fitting leading to inadequate protection or even the dangerous outcome of obstruction of breathing.