What are Mouthguards
Mouthguards are protective devices that mould to your upper teeth and gums, protecting you against trauma and injury to your teeth. A good fitted Mouthguard should cover all your teeth (except the back molars) and some of the gum, but shouldn’t overwhelm the entire upper jaw.
It’s recommended you visit your local dental and Mouthguard specialist in Geelong to have your Mouthguard custom-fitted to your mouth. The Australian Dental Association has warned against over the counter Mouthguards as they offer “little to no protection”.
Why you need Mouthguards
A Mouthguard can help absorb the physical shock experienced by a blow to the face that might have otherwise resulted in an injury to the mouth or jaw.
A heavy collision can result in chipped or broken teeth, internal damage to a tooth, tooth loss, injuries to the soft tissue of the mouth such as cut lips or gums, and in severe cases, a broken jaw. These injuries not only result in loss of school and work time, but the treatment to restore the teeth and mouth back to normal appearance can be expensive.
The Australian Dental Association estimates that one in five Australian children will suffer a dental trauma by the age of 14, many of which occur during participation in sporting activities. Geelong is a big sporting town and it’s likely your children will need a mouthguard at some stage in their adolescence.
When you should wear your Mouthguard
A Mouthguard should always be worn when participating in any sporting activity. Dental trauma can occur both from accidental physical contact and sporting equipment such as balls and bats.
Sports Medicine Australia has reported:
- Approximately 44% of these dental injuries occurred during active recreation/leisure activities such as cycling, skateboarding, and riding a scooter.
- Between 5% and 14% were sustained during organised sports, including football, basketball, netball, cricket, hockey and soccer.
- People with protrusive front teeth, inadequate lip coverage over their teeth or have orthodontic treatment are often at greater risk of dental injury.
Conveniently located in Geelong, the team at Kardinia Denture Clinic are always proud to provide a safer option for your child’s wellbeing while participating in sport.