Many Australians are sport lovers, but the spills can be devastating. Whether it’s a collision on the field, a tumble on a street or equipment failure – the risk of contact to the face and teeth is an ever-present danger. To minimise this risk, it’s a good idea to wear a mouthguard.
A mouthguard is a thick, often spongy shield that fits over your teeth. Mouthguards are usually worn during sports and other activities that involve a high risk of impact to the face.
They can be helpful outside of sports too. For instance, you might need to use a specialised mouthguard called splint for jaw issues or teeth grinding. Dapto Dentists provide all range of mouthguards to protect your teeth.
According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), about one-third of traumatic injuries to teeth are sports-related. Sports Medicine Association Australia suggests that 50% of children experience some form of dental injury.
The good news is that injuries can often be prevented by using a custom-fitted mouthguard
Make sure your mouthguard is in good condition. To be certain, ask your dental professional to inspect it during a check-up. If it’s been damaged when playing, it may need to be replaced.
Remember, if a mouthguard starts to feel uncomfortable or doesn’t fit well, see your Woonona dentist for help.