Accidents during sport are one of the most common causes of dental injury. Many of these injuries could have been avoid or minimised by wearing a custom fitted mouthguard.
What is a mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a flexible device worn over teeth and surrounding gum tissues during sport to protect them from damage. A good quality mouthguard should also:
- Allow you to speak
- Allow you to breath easily
- Stay firmly in place while playing sport
- Be easy to clean
Why wear a mouthguard?
While a well fitting mouthguard is important to protect your teeth and smile from potential injury it is particularly important if you wear braces, have fixed anterior bridgework, implants or other extensive dental work.
Some of the common injuries suffered while playing sport are damaged or knocked out teeth, broken jaws and cut lips. By wearing a mouthguard the force of a knock to the face can be spread rather than concentrated in one place therefore reducing the chance of an injury. A mouthguard can also help to limit the risk of soft tissue damage by acting as a barrier between teeth and braces and the cheeks and help stop accidentally biting the lips or the tongue.
Who should wear a mouthguard?
Custom-fitted mouthguards should be worn whilst playing and training for any sport where there is a possibility of contact to the face. These sports can include acrobatics, Australian rules football, basketball, boxing, cricket, field hockey, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, netball, rugby, skateboarding, skiing, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.
The cost of a mouthguard is minimal compare to what it may cost to repair the damage sustained in a dental injury sustained while playing sport.
For some people, the toll of grinding or clenching their teeth (bruxism) while they sleep can produce a wide range of damage that includes:
- Front teeth worn down so they are flat and even in length.
- Micro-cracks and broken fillings
- Teeth ground down to the dentin which causing sensitivity to heat and cold.
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth caused by the rocking effect of grinding
- Headache and jaws aches due to muscle overuse
- Damage to jaw joints (TMJ)
One of the best ways to stop this damage is to wear a nightguard. This is a special type of mouthguard custom-fitted by a dentist. It acts as a bumper absorbing the force of grinding or clenching of your teeth while you sleep. Fitted correctly it will protect your teeth while you sleep and reduce symptoms.
If you are looking for a practice with experience, reliability, and a high standard of care in the area of custom-fitting mouthguards in Hobart call our scheduling manager today to request an appointment on (03) 6231 3645.