Importance of custom made mouth guards
Did you know that sporting injuries are one of the most common types of dental injury?
Every year, thousands of people including children are treated for dental injuries which could have been avoided by wearing a protective, custom-made mouthguard.
We're spoilt for choice and it's no different when it comes to mouthguards. There are many types of mouthguards available in Australia, ranging from lower cost over-the-counter types to professionally custom fitted mouthguards (which we provide).
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) strongly recommends that one should wear a custom-fitted mouthguard when playing contact sports to ensure maximum protection – protect those pearly whites!
Cheap over-the-counter mouthguards simply do not provide enough protection against injuries to teeth, mouth, and/or jaw.
Why are custom made mouthguards essential for those who play sport?
Custom fitted mouthguards should be worn whilst playing or training for any sport, especially where there is a possibility of contact with the face. Sports such as hockey, netball, boxing, baseball, basketball and even skateboarding and skiing.
It's really no different to having the correct shoes and sporting equipment!
Remember: Dental injuries can result in time off from your life and can be painful, disfiguring and may involve lengthy and complex dental treatment. Prevention is key!
How are custom-fitted mouthguards made?
A qualified dentist takes an impression and creates a plaster model of your teeth. This allows your dentist to accurately assess your mouth and to provide the best fitting mouthguard uniquely made for you.
A perfectly custom-made mouthguard will suit your individual needs and is:
- Won't shift or fall out
- Won't restrict your breathing
Why should you stay away from over-the-counter (boil & bite) mouthguards?
Mass produced, over-the-counter mouthguards are far less effective in comparison to the custom-made product. They do not require fitting and are simply made to be placed in hot water and self-fitted by biting into the mould.
How long will your mouthguard last?
Firstly, it's important for you to have your mouthguard assessed by your dentist at your regular dental check-up to ensure it still fits correctly for maximum protection.
If your secondary adult teeth have come through or if your mouthguard has been damaged then you may need a replacement.
If you've already got a custom-fitted mouthguard – good for you! Here's what you must do to care for your 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
- Has your mouthguard been assessed by your dentist at your regular dental check-up?
- Replace your mouthguard if it's damaged
To enquire about custom-made mouthguards, please call us at 9349 3006.