Sport and other physical activity can be great for your health, but it can also put your teeth and jaws at risk of injury. You can help your kids and yourself avoid the pain of a dental injury and the cost of treatment by wearing a protective mouthguard.
Although mouthguards are available from many sports stores, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends that players or their parents have a custom mouthguard fitted by their dentist, which offers more protection.
At Moranbah Dental, our custom mouthguards are made in-house to fit perfectly over your child's teeth and feels comfortable to wear. Call (07) 4941 7336 to book an appointment at our clinic.
Who needs a mouthguard?
Wearing a mouthguard is advised for anyone who plays contact sports (such as rugby, AFL or hockey) or other activities that have a risk of dental injuries (including basketball, cycling, skateboarding and many more).
Your mouthguard should be worn during training as well as games themselves. Mouthguards are compulsory in many sports clubs and schools and should be worn by players of all ages and abilities.
How do mouthguards work?
A mouthguard is a cushioning barrier for your teeth that absorbs shocks from impacts. Mouthguards don't prevent all dental emergencies, but they do significantly lower the risk and severity of damage. According to the ADA, athletes are 60 times more likely to experience a dental injury if they're not wearing a mouthguard.
Custom-fitted mouthguards offer more protection than products bought from stores, as they're designed to be a perfect match for your teeth and are made from a stronger material. They also won't affect your ability to speak or breathe normally, which can be the case with a store-bought mouthguard.
How can I get a custom mouthguard?
If you want a custom mouthguard for yourself or your child, make an appointment at Moranbah Dental. We'll examine your mouth for any signs of existing problems, discuss the type of activity the mouthguard will be used for and give you all the information you need about costs and mouthguard care so you can make an informed decision.
If you decide a custom mouthguard is right for you, our in-house dental[A1] technician will take impressions of
your teeth and use these to manufacture a mouthguard designed specifically for you that offers the best protection. When the mouthguard is ready, we'll check that it fits comfortably and make any minor adjustments needed.
We'll advise you about how to take care of your mouthguard and can check its condition when you bring it along to your regular dental visits. To help your mouthguard last as long as possible and avoid going out of shape, wash it in cold water after every use and store it out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources.
[A1]As above – remove the wording Dental Technician. It is the dentist who takes the impressions.