Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury in school age children. We recommend all children playing or training for contact sports should wear a custom-fitted mouthguard to reduce their dental trauma risk. This simply involves an impression taken at our surgery and a choice of various colours and patterns is provided.
- Why do I need a mouthguard?
Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury. 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.
- Which type of mouthguard should I wear?
We strongly recommend wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard to ensure maximum protection. These mouthguards are well-fitted, comfortable and will not fall out. They will also allow you to speak clearly, and will not restrict your breathing.
Over-the-counter (boil and bite) mouthguards are far less effective than those that are custom fitted. They may be indicated when children are wearing orthodontic appliances. Please clarify with your paediatric dentist, which mouthguard is suitable for your child.