All You Need to Know About Mouthguards

Know About Mouthguards
Mouthguards are devices worn over teeth to protect them from damage. They are commonly used in contact sports such as martial arts, rugby and football, as well as in non-contact sports where there is a risk of teeth being knocked out, such as hockey and basketball. In Australia, it is estimated that one in every three people who play contact sports will suffer an injury to the mouth each year. 
Mouthguards can be bought from most sporting goods stores, however, it is recommended that you seek advice from a dentist or oral health professional when selecting a mouthguard, as they can be tailored to your individual needs. The ADA recommends customized mouthguards for those who participate in contact sports or sports with a high risk of injury.

Types of Mouthguards

There are three main types of mouthguards:  
• Custom-made mouthguards – These are made by taking an impression of your teeth so that the guard can be tailor-made to fit your mouth. These are the most expensive option but offer the best fit, comfort, and protection. 
• Boil-and-bite mouthguards – These guards come in a pre-formed shape that you then mould to fit your teeth by boiling it in water and biting into it. These offer a good fit but may not be as comfortable as custom-made guards. 
• ‘Ready-to-wear’ or preformed mouthguards – These come in set sizes and shapes and do not require any fitting. They are the cheapest option but do not provide as good a fit or level of protection as custom-made or boil-and-bite guards. 

Caring for Your Mouthguard

Mouthguards should be cleaned after each use with warm soapy water and rinsed thoroughly. They should then be stored in a breathable container to air dry. Do not store your mouthguard in direct sunlight or near heat sources, as this can cause the material to deform. It is also important to check your mouthguard regularly for wear and tear and replace it when necessary. Mouthguards are an important part of keeping your teeth safe when playing sports. There are three main types of mouthguards available, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. It is recommended that you seek advice from a dentist or other oral health professional when choosing a mouthguard, as they can help you select the right one for your needs. Once you have a mouthguard, be sure to clean it after each use and check it regularly for wear and tear. With proper care, your mouthguard can last for many years and help keep your teeth safe during even the most intense sporting activities. No matter if the sport is contact or not, injuries may occur, and sometimes serious ones which are often hard to treat and can be quite expensive.
Prevention is always better than cure. So, play it safe and wear a mouthguard! Book an appointment today to get your custom mouthguard.

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