Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury. Every year thousands of people, including children, are treated for dental injuries that could have been avoided or minimised by wearing a protective, custom-fitted mouthguard.
Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard helps to absorb and spread the impact of a blow to your face, which might otherwise result in an injury to your mouth or jaw.
Over-the-counter mouthguards do not provide enough protection against injuries to your teeth, mouth or jaw. Dental injuries can be very costly, so it is worthwhile investing in a custom-fitted mouthguard.
Custom-fitted mouthguards are made by your dentist, who takes an impression and creates a plaster model of your teeth. Custom-fitting allows your dentist to accurately assess your mouth and provide the best fitting mouthguard that is most appropriate for you.
Custom-fitted mouthguards help protect you from:
- Pain and suffering
- Broken teeth requiring expensive cosmetic dentistry
- Jaw joint and soft tissue trauma
- Broken jaw and concussion
Plus they are:
- Allows you to speak clearly
- Won’t shift or fall out
- Won’t restrict your breathing
How do I care for my mouthguard?
- Rinse in cold water after use
- Store in a rigid plastic container
- Keep out of direct sunlight - mouthguards will change shape in high temperatures
- Occasionally rinse your mouthguard in a mouthwash
- Have your mouthguard assessed by your dentist at your regular dental check-up
- Replace your mouthguard if it gets damaged
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