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.