What is a Mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a guard used for the protection of your teeth during contact sports, or sports where there is a risk of falling. A mouthguard acts as a shock absorber and unlike the ones purchased at the chemist, are properly fitted to prevent chipped or broken teeth, as well as concussions or headaches that result from the lower jaw slamming up against the upper jaw. Kids mouthguards last between a season and 2-3 years depending on the age of the player. Children up to the age of 15 usually require a new mouthguard every year. Older children and adults last much longer – depending on how they are looked after.
Mouthguards are highly recommended for the following high risk impact sports:
- football, bike riding, baseball
- cricket, waterpolo, skateboarding, rollerblading
- and any other contact sport or sport where there is a high risk of falling.
Proper custom-made kids mouthguards allows your child to:
- Breathe freely and communicate effectively
- Be comfortable, enabling them to concentrate and play confidently
- Claim on your dental health fund
- Choose from the many available colours. All are safe, containing no cadmium or heavy metals
- Protect their braces
The Dental Health Foundation and the Australian Dental Association strongly recommend custom made mouthguards. Mouthguards are constructed over 2 appointments. At the first appointment dental impressions are taken of the teeth and gums. From these moulds a professional, individually designed mouthguard will be manufactured to give the best chance for teeth and bones to survive an accident. At the second appointment the mouthguard is fitted for comfort and fit.
A boil and bite mouthguard is not recommended, it is false economy buying a cheap over the counter product as they may not protect your teeth. It’s difficult to fit with a risk of burning your mouth, they can make you gag and it is uncomfortable to wear by not staying in place making it almost impossible to talk and breathe. Players have been known to choke during sport after swallowing this type of product and as they do not fit well the teeth that they touch are more prevalent to be knocked out on impact.