How mouthguards protect me?
- Cushions teeth against impact.
- Minimizes jaw joint injuries.
- Protects against gum injuries.
- Reduces the extent of neck and jaw injuries.
Dental and orofacial injuries are most common during a sporting accident. Sports injuries and accidents can result in damage and injury to the gum, lips or teeth, tooth fractures, knocked out teeth and jaw fractures. Fortunately, most of these can be easily prevented or minimised by a well-fitting custom-made mouth guard. A mouth-guard should be worn when playing or training for any sport where there is possibility of contact to the face, such as hockey, netball, Footie and basketball.
Why should I opt for custom fitted mouth guard done by dentist?
At Holistic Dental Melbourne CBD, we only recommend a custom fitted mouth guard to anybody engaging in contact sports. Our dentist would make a mould of your teeth, and on your second visit provide you with laboratory fabricated single, double or triple laminated mouthguard, depending on the kind of sport you play.
Compared to readymade over the counter mouth guards or the Boil and bite types, these offer superior protection as a uniform thickness is maintained. Further, a snug fit ensures comfort, normal breathing and the ability to speak. To add to that, further customization in terms of colour or designs, or embedding of name tags could be done.
“A custom-fitted sports mouthguard can be a protective barrier against dental injuries. Without one, if you were to experience a significant injury, the costs of any dental treatment required would far outweigh the cost of a professional mouthguard. Better be safe than sorry!”
How do I care for my mouthguards?
Mouthguards need to be rinsed in cold water before use. After use, dry and store in a plastic container with air vents to allow the air to circulate. Regularly clean with soapy water and rinse thoroughly. They should always be kept in cool place as heat could distort them.
Mouth guards need to be reviewed regularly and replaced, if necessary, to cope with changes in your mouth, such as the eruption of permanent teeth or after a new dental crown or fillings.
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