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Mouthguards

Why Wear a Mouthguard?

Every year thousands of children are treated for dental injuries, which could have been prevented, or the severity minimised, by wearing a protective mouthguard.

Anyone who participates in a sport that carries a risk of

contact to the face should wear a mouthguard.

This includes obvious sports such as football, boxing and

rugby, and also collision sports where unexpected contact

often happens. These include basketball, hockey, water

polo, lacrosse, netball, baseball, softball, squash, soccer,

BMX bike riding, horse riding, skateboarding, in-line

skating, trampolining, cricket (wicket keeping or batting

without a helmet), water skiing and snow ski racing.

 

Why do you need a mouthguard?

 

A mouthguard helps absorb the shock experienced by

a blow to the face, which might otherwise result in an

injury to the mouth or jaw. A heavy collision can result

in chipped or broken teeth, internal damage to a tooth,

tooth loss, injuries to the soft tissue of the mouth, and, in

severe cases, concussion or a broken jaw.

Injuries like these can lead to long and potentially

expensive treatment to restore teeth and the mouth back

to normal function and appearance.

 

When should I wear a mouthguard?

 

Mouthguards should be worn whilst playing and training

for any sport that could involve contact to the face.

 

Other Mouthguard Tips:

 

  • The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends

that only a professionally custom-fitted mouthguard

should be worn.

 

  • Check your mouthguard every 12 months for optimal

fit and protection.

 

  • Keep your mouthguard clean and store it in a rigid

container, away from heat to ensure it maintains its

shape.

 

 

What type of Mouthguard Should I Wear?

 

Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard while

participating in sport is vitally important to help

prevent dental injuries.

 

There are many types of mouthguards, from overthe-

counter products to the professionally-fitted

custom guard. The Australian Dental Association

(ADA) recommends that self-fitted, over-the-counter

mouthguards are inadequate and, for effective protection,

a professionally-fitted custom mouthguard is essential.

The lifetime cost of a dental injury justifies the expense

of good protection to prevent the injury in the first place.

 

Custom-fitted mouthguards:

 

A custom-fitted mouthguard is made by a dentist using

an impression taken of your teeth and a plaster model.

Custom fitting allows the dentist to accurately assess

your mouth and provide the best fit, size, coverage and

thickness in a mouthguard made especially for you.

The dentist can also make an assessment of any risk

factors you might have and recommend the best type of

mouthguard appropriate for your sport.

Custom-fitted mouthguards are comfortable, allow you to

talk, have maximum resistance against being dislodged

and should not restrict breathing.

 

Over-the-counter mouthguards

 

These mouthguards are cheaper than custom-fitted

mouthguards. These include stock mouthguards that have

no fitting at all, and boil and bite mouthguards that are

self fitted by softening them in hot water, inserting them

in the mouth and allowing them to adapt to the shape of

the mouth as they cool and set.

The ADA and Standards Australia do not recommend over

the counter boil and bite mouthguards. They are poorly

fitting and less comfortable to wear because they have

not been specifically fitted to the shape of your mouth

and teeth. This greatly lessens their effectiveness and can

increase the risk of damage to teeth.

 

Is any sort of mouthguard better than none?

 

A boil and bite mouthguard may be a short-term choice

if there is absolutely no alternative available, but even

with careful attention to the directions, the best result

is a poorly fitting mouthguard that offers inadequate

protection. Some studies place their degree of protection

only slightly better than wearing no mouthguard at all.

 

How long will my mouthguard last?

 

Your dentist should review your mouthguard every

12 months to ensure it fits correctly. Sometimes, a

mouthguard needs to be replaced if major changes occur

to the teeth, like restorations or adult teeth coming

through.

 

How do I clean my mouthguard?

 

Mouthguards need to be rinsed in cold water after use,

dried and stored in a plastic container. Mouthguards can

distort under higher temperatures, so they should be kept

in a cool place.

 

For more information on mouthguards and protecting teeth visit: www.ada.org.au

 

Reference : Australian Dental Association         

 

 

There are different types of Custom-fitted mouthguards to suit everyone and every sport.

Single laminated mouthguards:

AFL
Hockey
Karate
Rugby

 

Double laminated mouthguards:

AFL
Karate
Rugby
Motocross
Judo / Wrestling
Field Hockey
Softball / Baseball

White water rafting

 

 

Triple/Heavy laminated mouthguards:

Kick Boxing
Boxing

Rugby League
Ice Hockey

 

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