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Time to check your mouthguard

Every year thousands of Australian adults and children suffer dental injuries which could have been prevented by wearing a well fitted mouthguard.

Who Needs a Mouthguard?

Anyone who plays a sport or undertakes an activity where collision or contact to the face is a legitimate risk should wear a mouthguard. We have seen many dental injuries from basketball, hockey and football. You are at just as much risk during training as you are during the game!

The Damage

Dental trauma from sporting injury can include damage to the tooth nerve, fractured, cracked or knocked-out teeth, a broken jaw, damage to the tongue and cut lips. Unfortunately, a single case of dental trauma can lead to a lifetime of dental treatment in order to maintain the strength and health of the damaged tooth/teeth. Repair work does not last forever, so a damaged tooth will often become a lifelong problem. Prevention is always better than the cure, so play it safe and wear a mouthguard.

Protecting your Mouth

We recommend a custom-fitted mouthguard for all Australians who participate in contact sport or sports with high risk of dental injury. A custom-fitted mouthguard that has been designed by your dentist makes breathing and speaking a lot easier, and are far more comfortable than their ‘boil- and bite’ counterparts. "Boil and bite" are the mouthguards that you can purchase from a chemist or sports store and offer insufficient protection as they are ill-fitted and loose in the mouth, which can be dangerous during impact.

The Custom-Fitted Mouthguard – What to Expect

We take a simple 3D scan of the upper teeth which is fast and comfortable. From this we print a 3D model. This model wis used to accurately assess your mouth and design a uniquely fitted mouthguard in a colour of your choice. A custom-fitted mouthguard will last many years. It may need to be replaced if it has been damaged, if you have had new adult teeth erupt or after braces. We encourage you to bring your mouthguard in for your check-up so that we can assess it.

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