Prevention is better than cure
All people who play sport where injury to their natural teeth is possible, should wear a mouthguard.
Professionally fitted mouthguards greatly reduce the chances of tooth damage or painful laceration of lips and mouth. Mouthguards also assist to absorb the impact which may result in a damaged jaw and concussion.
Professionally fitted mouthguards do not make breathing difficult.
Mouthguards should always be made and fitted by an appropriate dental professional.
Sporting mouthguards-your child's first line of defence
Children's teeth and jaws are particularly vulnerable to sporting injury. Mouthguards will help the child's confidence and will give the parent peace of mind.
You do not need a referral to visit a Dental Prosthetist.
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 vented plastic container and should be kept away from heat and sunlight.
Mouthguards are subject to 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 mouth guard in position and attend a Dentist immediately.
If a tooth is dislodged it should be rinsed in milk and placed back into the socket or kept moist and wrapped in plastic. Seek dental care immediately.
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 mouthguard.