Do I really need a mouthguard?
Anyone who plays a sport or an activity where there is a risk to your face and teeth, should wear a mouthguard to prevent any dental injuries.
We see too many people get treated for dental injuries which could be avoided by getting a correctly fitted custom mouthguard.
How does a mouthguard work?
Mouthguards are typically used for people playing contact sports such as Rugby. Contact sports can lead to broken teeth, dislodged teeth, broken jaws, cut lips and tongue. A mouthguard can help reduce the impact to your teeth and jaw.
Mouthguards are a lot cheaper and cost effective than repairing injured teeth. Not all mouthguards are the same, so it is important to get a mouthguard fitted properly by a dentist.
The mouthguard should be worn any time there is any potential injury to the face, e.g. while playing any contact sport. Common contact sports that require mouthguards are: Football, Hockey, Netball, Baseball, Rugby, Afl, League, and Skateboarding.
How do I get a custom mouthguard made?
Custom mouthguards can only be fitted by a dentist. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth, then a plaster mould is made. The plaster mould is used to make a perfectly fitting mouthguard. It will only fit you as everyone’s teeth are different.
When booking an appointment for a custom fitted mouthguard, let us know what the mouth guard is used for so that we can ensure you have the appropriate options for you.
A properly fitted mouthguard will not fall out when you open your mouth allowing you to speak. It should not restrict your breathing and be conformable to wear. If you buy a pre-made mouthguard, they will not fit properly and typically uncomfortable to wear as they are not moulded to your mouth. Studies show that a custom built mouthguard has a better protection than an over the counter mouthguard.
When do I need to replace a mouthguard?
If your teeth change at all, such as a new tooth in a child, your teeth get pushed accidentally when you forget to wear your mouthguard, or if your mouthguard gets damaged, then you will need to look at a replacement.
When you have your general dental check-up, get the dentist to check your teeth to ensure your mouthguard still fits properly.
How to look after your mouthguard:
Make sure you look after your mouthguard to ensure it lasts as long as possible. Ways to look after your mouthguard include:
Rinse in cold water every time you use it
Store in the rigid container it came in
Keep away from heat sources such as heater, hot car, fireplace as this may distort the mouthguard.
Every now and then rinse your mouthguard in a mouth wash.