Why do people wear mouthguards?
Anyone who plays sport should always wear a mouthguard in order to protect teeth from being damaged or suffering trauma.
The sorts of injuries that can be suffered when playing sport can include broken teeth, cut lips and tongue, as well as face and jaw damage.
However, a professionally fitted mouthguard can help prevent broken teeth and facial injuries when playing sport or taking part in other recreational activities that involve a degree of physical contact and risk.
How does a mouthguard work?
A mouthguard that is fitted by a dentist and customised for your teeth is designed to spread the impact of any blows and will provide high levels of protection. It will also be comfortable to wear, always remain in place, and enable you to talk and breathe easily.
You are not likely to enjoy these benefits with an off-the-shelf mouthguard that is not fitted by your dentist.
What are the benefits of wearing a mouthguard?
Having a customised mouthguard as opposed to an over-the-counter version means that you can enjoy more comfort and higher levels of protection for your teeth and gums. You are significantly better protected against having teeth knocked out, getting a cut lip or tongue, or having your jaw fractured or broken.
Who needs to wear a mouthguard?
Anyone who engages in sports or physical activities should wear a mouthguard.
This includes contact sports like football, rugby, hockey and boxing, as well as other sports where there might not necessarily be the same levels of physical contact, but there is still some inherent risk.
For instance, it is recommended that anyone who plays basketball, netball or soccer, or who is a skateboarder or cyclist, always wears a mouthguard when taking part in these activities.
Commonly asked questions about mouthguards
Should I wear a custom made or standard mouthguard?
A customised mouthguard fitted by your dentist at Southside Dental Options will fit better, be more comfortable to wear, and provide significantly higher levels of protection than an off-the-shelf mouthguard bought from a chemist or supermarket.
How do I care for my mouthguard?
To keep your mouthguard in good condition so that it continues to provide maximum protection, it should be stored on the model cast you received when it was fitted. You should also ensure that you wash your mouthguard in cold water after use, and keep it out of direct sunlight.
Can I get a mouthguard in my club colours?
We can produce customised mouthguards in a range of colours and designs, meaning you can wear your football or soccer club colours with pride.
How often do children need to change their mouthguard?
As children’s mouths and teeth grow and develop, it is important to have an annual checkup at our surgery in Morphett Vale to ensure that their mouthguard continues to fit properly and provide proper protection.
How often do adults need to change their mouthguard?
A well-fitted adult mouthguard should last for several sporting seasons; however, a check every two or three years with your dentist at Southside Dental Options is recommended.