Prevention is always better
Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard is the easiest way to protect yourself against serious mouth injuries and costly medical bills.
In Australia, only 36% of children aged 5-17 wear a mouthguard during games and 19% wear one during training.
Dental injuries can often be prevented by people wearing a mouthguard whilst participating in any sport where there is a reasonable risk of a knock to the face.
Generic one size fits all mouth guards can be purchased from a local chemist but these tend to be poorly fitting even after heating and moulding to the teeth. They tend to “drop out” of the mouth easily and can be very annoying and actually hinder sporting activity.
Custom made and fitted mouth guards are far superior to generic mouth guards. They afford much greater protection against damage to teeth as they are made from a mould of the person’s teeth and fit perfectly. In addition, they tend to be much more comfortable and they will stay in the mouth during sports activities.
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
Two appointments are needed to have a mouth guard custom fitted. The first to take the mould of the teeth and the second, typically about one week later, to make sure that the fit is perfect.
Typically, mouthguards which cover the upper teeth, cushion a blow to the face and minimize the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth.
Injuries such as a chipped or broken tooth, internal damage to a tooth, tooth loss, and in severe cases, a broken jaw or a concussion, can lead to long and potentially expensive treatment to restore the teeth and mouth back to normal function and appearance.
How long will my mouthguard last?
It’s important that you have your mouthguard assessed by your dentist at your regular dental check-up to ensure it still fits correctly for maximum protection. You may need a replacement if your new, secondary adult teeth have come through or if your mouthguard has been damaged.
How do I care for my mouthguard?
- Rinse in cold water after use
- Store in a rigid plastic container
- Keep out of direct sunlight – mouthguards will change shape in high temperatures
- Occasionally rinse your mouthguard in a mouthwash
- Have your mouthguard assessed by your dentist at your regular dental check-up
- Replace your mouthguard if it gets damaged