Wear a Mouth Guard For Sport
It is important to play safe in all sports by protecting children’s teeth with a custom-made, professionally fitted mouth guard. Mouth guards are available in a range of colours, even team colours, and should always be worn when training and playing sport to minimise the risk of dental injury.
When your child wears a mouth guard while playing sports it helps to minimise damage to the face, mouth and jaws from accidental trauma. Mouth guards are recommended to be worn in any sport where there is a risk of direct contact to the face (for example rugby league, rugby union, AFL, soccer, hockey, boxing etc.). Even accidental elbows or shoulders in low impact contact sports can result in trauma to the face, mouth and jaws. So it’s important to consider the need for a mouth guard in your child’s sporting life. Protecting your children from dental trauma during sport can reduce both time off work or school and the costs associated with reconstructive dental care as a result of accidental sporting trauma.
It has been estimated that dental injuries are the most common type of facial injuries in contact sport, however, according to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), only 36% of children aged 5-17 years wear a mouth guard when playing sport.
Mouth guards offer excellent protection to adults who play contact sport as well, by protecting them from accidental dental trauma.
Mouth guards should ideally be custom-made and professionally fitted by your Dental Professional to ensure the best protection. Your Dental Professional will take an impression of your mouth from which the mouth guard will be made to fit securely around your individual teeth.
“Boil and bite” mouth guards that are purchased over the counter in pharmacies, sports stores or via online mailing kits are often bulky and ill-fitting and offer very little protection to your only set of permanent teeth! Thus, while they may be cheaper to purchase initially, think carefully about the protection you need and prefer.
At EverythingDentures, we manufacture several types of mouth guards to cater for all ages, sports and levels of sport.
Types of mouth guards include:
- Martial arts
- Laminated, which are mouthguards we can personalise with your name and phone number
These come in assorted colours and colour combinations so you can choose what suits you best.
Why You Should Get a Custom Dental Mouth Guard
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What custom-made mouth guards help to do:
Provide maximum protectionby cushioning teeth, jaws and surrounding soft tissue against impact. Mouth guards both absorb and distribute the force of an impact
Protect individual teethand reduce the chance of teeth being knocked out
Reduce soft tissue injuryas the teeth are covered by the mouth guard and there is less chance of teeth going through lips, biting tongues or inner cheeks
Allow athletes to breathe easyas they stay in place and fit snugly around your teeth
Reduce the chance of bone fractures and concussion.
Taking care of your custom-made mouth guard
Mouth guards should be rinsed after use with cold water and stored away from direct heat in the mouth guard box provided by your Dental Professional. Regularly check your mouth guard for any defects or wear n tear to ensure maximum protection.
Mouth guards for children should be checked regularly for fit, especially during their growing years where baby teeth are being lost, adult teeth are erupting and jaws are changing. Children generally need a new mouth guard every season during these times. Your Dental Professional at EverythingDentures can check the fit of your child’s mouth guard if you need an expert opinion. Consultations are complimentary!