Have you got your mouthguard?

Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury in children.  These dental injuries may include fractured, displaced or knocked out teeth and broken jaws.  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.

5 Good reasons to wear a mouthguard:

  • Cushions teeth against impact
  • Protects against soft tissue injuries
  • May help reduce concussion
  • Protects against jaw joint injuries
  • Helps prevent neck and jaw injuries

When should I wear a mouthguard?  Custom fitted mouthguards should be worn whilst playing and training for any sport where there is a possibility of contact to the face.  These sports can include football, rugby, hockey, netball, basketball, soccer and water polo.

Which type of mouthguard should I wear? The Australian Dental Association strongly recommends wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard to ensure maximum protection.  A custom-fitted mouthguard provides a better fit than other varieties as they are made by one of our dentists to suit your individual needs.  These mouthguards are comfortable, well-fitting, they allow you to speak clearly, won’t fall out and won’t restrict your breathing.

Over-the-counter (boil and bite) mouthguards are far less effective than custom-fitted mouthguards.  However, if you are in the midst of orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist may recommend an over-the-counter mouthguard whilst your teeth are moving.