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Now’s the time to get a new mouthguard

Each year, thousands of Australians visit their local dentist to treat emergency dental injuries that could have been prevented or minimised by wearing a mouthguard while playing sport. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) strongly recommends that adults and children wear a mouthguard during any sport or activity where collision or contact is likely. Even if it’s only a training session, it’s always smart to wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and jaw. So, if you’re planning on joining a team sport or being more active this summer, now’s the time to invest in a new custom mouthguard.

Who needs a mouthguard?

Anyone who plays a sport or undertakes an activity where collision is a risk should wear a mouthguard. You may tend to think that sports mouthguards are only needed for contact sports like boxing or hockey, but there are risks in any sport. Sports including rugby union and league, AFL, hockey and boxing are considered by many as ‘no brainers’ because intentional collision and contact are a part of the game. However, it’s sports where accidental collisions occur that are often responsible for dental injuries. These sports include cricket, basketball, netball, touch football, and soccer. Although these sports are considered non-contact, they carry risk of accidental collision and contribute to thousands of dental emergencies every year.

What are the risks to go without?

When you fall or collide with another player during a training session, game or activity, you may experience dental traumas including:

  • Fractured, cracked or knocked-out teeth.
  • Damaged tooth nerves.
  • Cuts to the tongue and lips.
  • A bruised and broken jaw.

When it comes to dental injuries, prevention is always better than a cure. Unfortunately, some injuries can lead to life-long issues and multiple dentist visits to maintain the health of your damaged teeth. 

Protect your mouth with a custom-fitted mouthguard

The ADA recommends a custom-fitted mouthguard for everyone who participates in sports with moderate to high risk of dental injury. A custom-fitted mouthguard designed by your dentist is more comfortable and a lot safer than over the counter ‘boil-and-bite’ mouthguard. These are often purchased at chemists or sports stores.  These because generic mouthguards offer less protection as they are ill fitted and loose, which can be dangerous during collisions.

Make a booking with our dentists

If you decide that a custom-fitted mouthguard is the best option for you or your child, make an appointment with Gosford Family Dentist. During the appointment, we will take an impression of your mouth and create a model of your teeth. This model will be used to accurately design a custom-fitted mouthguard. This ensures the mouthguard is comfortable and provides you with high protection and peace of mind.

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