Sporting injuries are a common cause of dental injury. Thousands of people every year are treated for dental injuries that could have been prevented or minimised by wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard.
Custom fitted mouthguards help absorb and spread the impact of a blow to your face. Some studies have shown that store bought (or non-custom fitted mouthguards) sometimes do more harm than good and may even contribute to the trauma from the impact. The Australian Dental Association strongly recommends wearing custom fitted mouthguards made by a dental professional to ensure maximum protection as over the counter ones do not provide sufficient protection again injuries to your teeth, mouth or jaw.
Some sports that may require a mouthguard are foot ball, soccer, hockey, netball, baseball, basketball and boxing. Skateboarding and skiing may also benefit from a mouthguard. Once you get a mouthguard made, get it checked regularly at your dentist to make sure it is still fitting properly and covering all the appropriate areas.
Five good reasons to wear a Mouthguards when playing sport:
- Cushions teeth against impact.
- Protects against jaw joint injuries.
- Protects against soft tissue injuries.
- Helps prevent neck & jaw injuries.
- May help reduce concussion.
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