Professionally fitted mouthguards greatly reduce the chances of tooth damage or painful laceration of lips and mouth during sport.
Prevention is better than cure.
Mouthguards also assist to absorb the impact which may cause a broken jaw or even concussion. And they do not make breathing difficult. But mouthguards should always be fitted by the appropriate dental professional.
Sporting mouthguards – your child’s first line of defence.
Children’s teeth are particularly vulnerable to sporting injury and parents should assist on the best possible protection.
Mouthguards will also help the child’s confidence and will give the parent peace of mind.
No referrals are necessary
You do not need a referral to visit a Dental Prosthetist. Simply check the locality guide in the Yellow Pages under Dental Technicians for your nearest Dental Prosthetist Association Member and give them a call. It’s as easy as that.
What are mouthguards made of? Mouthguards are made from heavy duty, flexible, hard-wearing vinyl or laminates. Various colours are available.
Cleaning and storage
Mouthguards are best kept clean by rinsing under cold water after use. They may be brushed very lightly. They should be stored in a plastic container and should be kept away from heat and sunlight.
Mouthguards are subject to generous rebates for eligible patients covered under Dental Health Funds.
First aid tip
If a tooth is accidentally damaged from impact it is wise to leave the mouthguard in position and attend a dentist immediately.
If a tooth is dislodged it should be rinsed in milk, kept moist and wrapped in plastic until treatment.
With care and protection natural teeth should last a lifetime. But they need all the help they can get. So please, look after them carefully, and give your teeth a sporting chance. Wear a mouth guard.