Protect your teeth with a mouthguard

Whether you love sports or grind your teeth in your sleep, a mouthguard can help you to prevent damage to your teeth that may end up costing you in the long run.

Avoid broken, chipped, worn down or lost teeth

A mouthguard is a shield that sits over your teeth to protect them from damage. Most often worn during sports, they are sometimes recommended when jaw issues are present or if you have a tendency to grind your teeth in your sleep. Special types of mouthguards can also be used to help treat sleep apnoea or snoring.

Dental injuries can end up costing quite a bit of money down the track, so it makes sense to minimise the risk by investing in a mouthguard. According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), around one-third of traumatic tooth or mouth injuries are sports related. Mouthguards act as a buffer against any impact to the lower part of your face reducing the likelihood of tooth fracture and even other impact-related injuries such as concussion. As such, regardless of whether the sport you play is considered ‘contact’ or otherwise, the ADA and Sports Medicine Australia recommend you wear a mouthguard any time you’re in the field.

Mouthguards can:

  • Prevent tooth or gum injury during sports
  • Buffer impact, providing additional protection from con cussion
  • Stop the effects of tooth grinding while you sleep
  • Treat snoring and sleep apnoea

Choosing the right mouthguard

There are two main mouthguard options on the market:

Custom-fitted: Constructed and fitted by a dental professional, a customised mouthguard provides the best protection for your teeth. The dentist takes an impression of your teeth and makes a plaster model to get the closest possible fit. The mouthguard needs to be at least 4mm thick with a cushioning effect that provides protection against impact. It fits snugly so it’s still possible to talk. This option costs between $150-$300.

Boil-and-bite: Over-the-counter mouthguards that are self-fitted by immersing in hot water then biting into the mouthguard so it takes the shape of the teeth and mouth. It’s less effective and can be more uncomfortable as it doesn’t conform as well to the person’s bite and anatomy of the jaw. However, if you’re in a fix, a boil-and-bite mouthguard is better than no mouthguard at all. Boil and bite mouthguards range from $5-$80.

At Toothpaste, we specialise in custom-fitted mouthguards to provide the best protection to your—or your child’s—mouth. Get in touch today to make an appointment.

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