Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injuries. Most of these injuries could have been avoided, or the trauma minimised, simply by wearing a protective custom-fitted mouthguard.
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) strongly recommends custom-fitted mouthguards to ensure maximum protection. Over-the-counter (boil and bite) mouthguards do not provide enough protection against injuries as they do not fit as accurately and tend to move. Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard whilst playing sports helps to absorb and spread the impact of a heavy contact to your face, which may otherwise result in an injury to your teeth, mouth or jaw. Dental injuries can be very painful, disfiguring and may involve lengthy and costly dental treatments, not to mention time off school or work to recover. The cost of an injury to your teeth or jaw far exceeds the cost of a custom-fitted mouthguard.
The ADA’s 5 reasons you should wear a custom-fitted mouthguard whilst playing sport.
- Cushions teeth against impact.
- Protects against jaw joint injuries.
- Protects against soft tissue injuries.
- Help prevent neck and jaw injuries.
- May help reduce concussion.