Dental injuries are common when playing sport for both children and adults. To protect your mouth against impact, it is important to consider purchasing a custom-fitted sports mouthguard.
A sports mouthguard is an oral appliance made of soft plastic used to protect your teeth and gums from sustaining injuries during sport. Many sports-retail stores and pharmacies stock over-the-counter mouthguards, however they differ from a mouthguard that has been custom fitted by a dentist.
A custom-made mouthguard provided by your dentist is the optimum choice in protecting your teeth. This type of mouthguard requires an impression of your teeth in the dental chair. The impression is then used to fabricate a mouthguard according to your exact teeth and mouth measurements. A custom fitted mouthguard fits better, provides the most comfort and hold the teeth firmly in place. Although these cost more than the over the counter options offered at the chemist, they offer the best possible protection and will reduce or prevent expensive dental trauma.
A mouthguard is a smart investment for any adult or child who plays high impact sports. Sporting dental injuries are more common than you think and can potentially incur substantial financial costs- particularly when surgery is involved. Mouthguards can significantly bare the impact of any sudden impact, which can otherwise result in teeth being knocked out or damaged.
Over-the-counter mouthguards can fail to absorb and distribute impact from injury due to poor fitting. Mouthguards are worn for long periods at a time, so it is important to make sure that they fit correctly and are comfortable. Investing in a well-fitted mouthguard now can help protect you or a loved one from potentially painful and expensive dental treatment.
If you or your child needs a mouthguard, contact your local family dental clinic here in Pimpama. Phone 07 5670 3777 to book an appointment today.