Aussies looooooves playing sports!
No matter if the sport is contact or not, injuries may occur though and sometime very serious dental injuries, which are often difficult to treat, expensive and requiring an extensive treatment.
Prevention is always better than the cure. So, play it safe … and wear a mouth guard!
The Australian Dental Association recommends a customised mouth guard for everyone participating in contact sport or sports with high risk of dental injury.
A mouth guard, in general, is covering the upper teeth and, in the same time, is protecting the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. It can be used either as a protective device to prevent dental injury during contact sports or as a dental appliance to treat bruxism (teeth clenching or grinding) or TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joints/ Disorder).
The customised kind of mouth guard, especially designed by your dentist, is more comfortable for breathing and speaking. The other type of mouth guards is the kind you can buy from pharmacy or sports store. They are called ‘boil and bite’. The inconvenience is that they offer less protection as they are not perfectly fitted on your teeth and may be loose in the mouth, which could be dangerous during impact.
If you are opting for a customised mouth guard, which is the best option for you, your dentist will take an impression and will use the model for an accurately and uniquely designed mouth guard. Once your mouth guard is fitted your dentist will advise you how to use it and take care of it properly. This mouth guard may need to be replaced if it has been damaged, worn out or if you have new teeth since your mouth guard was first fitted. When you are going for the regular check-up at the dentist, bring with you your mouth guard to be assessed by your dentist.
To keep your mouth guard in perfect condition, you should protect them from the direct action of the sun or any other source of heat, store them in a cool place inside the plastic container with vents that allow air to circulate and have your dentist to evaluate it at your regular check-ups. After use, rinse it with lurk water and allow it to air-dry. Occasionally, use a mouthwash to disinfect it.
Please feel free to contact our dentists on 02 8021 5285 and have a chat with them about your best option.