Custom-fit mouthguards whilst playing sport are a must-have to help protect your teeth and jaw
Mouthguards, custom-fitted by your dentist at AMR Dental Margaret River, can reduce the risk of dental injuries. Sport, leisure and recreation activities are the most common cause of dental injuries.
All our mouthguards are expertly made by Tim Hull, a local Dental Prosthetist with over 26 years experience in our town – so you can be absolutely assured of perfect fit and function.
Dental injuries can be painful, disfiguring and expensive to treat. Dental injuries may result in time off work or school to recover, and lengthy (expensive) dental treatment. A mouthguard, custom-fitted by your dentist and worn every time you play or train will protect against dental injuries.
Dental injuries and sport
Sport, leisure and recreation activities are the most common cause of dental injuries. Selected statistics include:
- Accidents when cycling, skateboarding and scooter riding account for about 44 per cent of dental injuries.
- Sports such as football, boxing, basketball, netball, cricket, hockey and soccer account for up to 14 per cent of dental injuries.
- Any sport where contact with equipment, collision with other players or falling is possible (even accidentally) carries a risk of dental injury.
Risk factors for dental injury
Not wearing a mouthguard at all is a significant risk factor for dental injuries. Some people are at higher risk of injury to their teeth. Risk factors include:
- protrusive (‘buck’) front teeth
- inadequate lip coverage over the front teeth
- current orthodontic treatment, such as wearing braces
- participation in sports or leisure activities that carry a high risk of collision or falls
Wearing an appropriately designed and made mouthguard while participating in sport will protect against dental injuries. Players of all ages involved in sports and activities where they are at risk of an injury to the face should protect their teeth with a properly fitted mouthguard.
A protective mouthguard should:
- be comfortable yet tight-fitting
- allow normal breathing and swallowing
- allow normal speech
- not cause gagging
- be odourless and tasteless
- be thick enough (4 mm) to provide protection against impact.