Mouthguards – Do I Need One?

By Published On: July 25th, 2022Categories: Uncategorized0 Comments on Mouthguards – Do I Need One?

Mouthguards are a preventative measure to prevent dental injuries during sport. The Australian Dental Association strongly recommends the use of a mouthguard in any contact sport or activity where collisions are likely. A mouthguard is for adult, kids and teenagers who take part in contact and non contact sports.

At Kareela Family Dental, your local dentist servicing the Jannali, Oyster Bay, Como and surrounding areas, we recommend a mouthguard for all contact sports like rugby, AFL, hockey, martial arts, basketball and boxing. We also recommend mouthguards for sports where accidental collisions may occur such as soccer, touch football, cricket and netball.

What does a mouthguard do?

  • Reduces risk of jaw fractures by a blow to the chin or head
  • Reduces potential for fracturing teeth, the roots and the jaw bones
  • Protects the lip and cheeks from impact against your teeth

Common reasons for not wearing a mouthguard?

  • Difficult to talk and speak
  • Unhygienic
  • Difficult to breath with it in

What should the perfect mouthguard look like?

  • Cover and protect teeth and supporting tissue
  • Adequate thickness in all areas – at least 3mm
  • Comfortable and retentive
  • Allow for good speech
  • Make you look good on game day!!

Your Kareela dentist will ensure your mouthguard is appropriate for you and custom-made for your mouth and needs. Your Kareela dentist will also customise your mouthguard to match your team colours, or any design you want!

What are the different types of mouthguards?

Stock mouthguard

These are pre-made mouthguards which are not moulded against your teeth. They are often not retentive, and can move around alot as they often have a poor fit. They are bulky and difficult to talk with.

Mouth formed “boil and bite” mouthguard

These are also pre-made mouthguards which are heated in hot water and moulded against your teeth. These provide a better fit than stock mouthguards, but do not fit as well as custom-made mouthguards. They may also not have adequate thickness in the areas of high impact.

Custom- made mouthguard

This is the best option for mouthguards. These are made off a stone model or 3D scan after your Kareela dentist has taken the impression of your teeth. The mouthguard will be designed to uniquely fit your teeth, providing thickness where necessary and removing the bulk where possible to make your mouthguard as well fitting and comfortable as possible.

How do I look after my mouthguard?

Wash your mouthguard in lukewarm, soapy water after you use it. You can brush it gently with your toothbrush. You can store it dry in your custom mouthguard box once you’re done with it! Do not use bleach to clean your mouthguard as the harsh chemicals will damage your mouthguard!

If you or your child would like to find out more, Contact Us your local Kareela Dentist today or Book Online.