Because custom-fitted mouthguards offer the best protection
The cost of injury far exceeds the cost of a custom-fitted mouthguard
Each year many sports players, from children to elite athletes, lose or damage teeth while playing football, basketball, hockey, soccer, rugby and other contact and collision sports.
A well-fitted custom mouthguard from the dentist would help avoid this.
Custom-made mouthguards offer maximum protection and comfort without hindering breathing, speech or sporting performance.
Maximum protection against:
• Dislodged or broken teeth
• Jaw fractures
• Facial lacerations
• Base-of-skull injuries
The shock absorption qualities of custom-made mouthguards not only protect teeth but also minimise the risk of concussion or, even worse, base-of-skull fractures.
We strongly endorse the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and Sports Medicine Australia’s “No Mouthguard, No Play” policy launched in 2015.
This policy recommends the compulsory use of a custom-fitted mouthguard when training for or playing contact and collision sports including football, hockey, basketball, netball and soccer.
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends that anyone who participates in a sport that carries a risk of contact to the face should wear a mouthguard.
Simply safer than shop-bought mouthguards
How often have you seen a child running around a playing field with their mouthguard halfway out of their mouth or chewing it? This is because it is not comfortable. Using poor-fitting ‘boil-and-bite’ mouthguards for children can be more dangerous than them not having one at all.
The Australian Dental Association does not recommend over-the-counter boil-and-bite mouthguards.
“They are poorly fitting and less comfortable to wear because they have not been specifically fitted to the shape of your mouth and teeth. This greatly lessens their effectiveness and can increase the risk of damage to teeth.”
Baby or primary teeth play a vital role in your child’s development and need to be nurtured and protected. They:
• provide space for and guide permanent teeth into the correct position
• assist with the ongoing development of the jaw bones and muscles
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