Professional Dentist Mouthguards

SPORTS MOUTHGUARD AWARENESS

With the new school year now well on its way, and registrations open for many sporting teams that your kids may be looking forward to joining, it’s time to think about a sports mouthguard. You may be able to find the one from last year and dust it off, but remember that teeth move quickly in children and it is important that the mouthguard fits accurately.

Mouthguards should be worn for any contact sport where there may be a blow to the face by contacting other players, equipment or even the ground. They have been shown to considerably reduce or even eliminate possible injuries to teeth and jaws, avoiding extensive and potentially expensive damage.

The Australian Dental Association has recommended only custom fitted mouthguards as off the shelf store bought mouthguards have been shown to offer limited protection. Remember to wash your mouthguard after use and place it back in its clean hard container to protect it, avoiding heat and sunlight.

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PROFESSIONAL SPORT MOUTHGUARD

Do you play a contact sport and need a Professional Sport Mouthguard?

At Leichhardt Street Dental Practice we can provide you with a custom made professional sport mouthguard.  From a simple mouthguard to a heavy duty boxing mouthguard there are many combinations of colours.

The three levels of Mouthguards:

1. Simple one layer Mouthguard – low impact.
2. Double layer laminate Mouthguard – Medium to High impact.
3. Triple layer laminate Mouthguard – Heavy boxing impact.

Wearing a custom-fitted professional sport mouthguard while participating in sport is vitally important to help prevent and minimise dental injuries.

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. If the impact to your teeth is severe enough, a mouthguard may not totally prevent an injury, but it will certainly minimise the extent of the injury, which can mean the difference between a simple repair or losing a tooth.

What is a custom-fitted mouthguard?

There are many types of mouthguards, from over the counter products to the professionally-fitted custom made mouth guard. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends that self-fitted, over-the-counter mouthguards are inadequate and, for effective protection, a custom fitted professional sport mouthguard is essential.

A custom-fitted mouthguard is made using an impression taken of your teeth. This will provide the best fit, size, coverage and thickness in a mouthguard made especially for you.

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?

We should review your mouthguard every 12 months to ensure it fits correctly. If many baby teeth are lost and replaced with adult teeth, it is advised to remake the mouthguard after 12months, to ensure it continues to fit accurately.

Learn More about what our dental practice offers for protecting your teeth with contact sport.

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