Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury and many of these injuries could have been avoided or minimized by wearing a protective, custom-fitted mouthguard.
A mouthguard helps to absorb and spread the impact of a blow to your face and this can prevent not only damaged or knocked out teeth, but also broken jaws and cut lips.
When should I wear a mouthguard?
Custom-fitted mouthguards should be worn whist playing and training for any sport where there is a possibility of contact to the face. These sports can include hockey, basketball, rugby, football and boxing.
Types of Mouthguards
There are many types of mouthguards available in Australia ranging from cheap, over-the-counter types to professionally custom-fitted mouthguards. Over-the-counter mouthguards do not provide enough protection against injuries to your teeth, mouth or jaw. Dental injuries can be very costly, painful and disfiguring so it is worthwhile investing in a custom mouthguard. At Oxenford Dental Centre, these mouthguards are made after we have taken an impression and created a plaster model of your teeth. Your custom-fitted mouthguard will be comfortable, well fitting, allow you to speak clearly, won’t fall out and won’t restrict your breathing.
Mouthguards are available in transparent or a wide variety of colours and a health fund rebate (up to 100%) is available.