Child Dental Benefit Scheme

Mouth Guard

Many Australians have a passion for the sport, whether it’s playing footy or netball, skateboarding in a bowl, or cycling on a long, open road. There’s a thrill that appeals to sports lovers, but the spills can be devastating. Whether it’s a collision on the field, a tumble on a street or equipment failure – the risk of contact to the face and teeth is an ever-present danger. To minimise this risk, it’s a good idea to wear a mouthguard.

A mouthguard is a thick, often spongy shield that fits over your teeth. Mouthguards are usually worn during sports and other activities that involve a high risk of impact to the face. They can be helpful outside of sports too.

Sport injuries

An injury can result in a loss of one or more teeth, broken or chipped teeth, jaw fractures or injuries to the soft tissue of the mouth. Dental trauma can also include damage to the gums and lips.

According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), about one-third of traumatic injuries to teeth are sports-related. Sports Medicine Association Australia suggests that 50% of children experience some form of dental injury.

How can a mouthguard help?

When there’s a direct impact on the lower part of your face, the force can travel through your jaw, teeth and even the upper part of your skull. This can increase the risk of injuries like front teeth fractures and even concussions. Blows to your lower jaw might cause the jaws to slam together and damage both rows of teeth. Mouth guards act as a buffer for these kinds of impact. The spongy material helps to absorb the shock and lessen the force applied to your teeth, jaws or skull.

When to wear a mouthguard during sport

Mouthguards should be worn during games and training. Basically, it’s best to wear a mouthguard any time there’s a risk of impact to your face. Sports Medicine Australia and the Australian Dental Association recommend that regardless of whether the sport you play is considered a ‘contact sport’ or not, you’re encouraged to wear a mouthguard any time you’re on the field1.

Choosing the right mouthguard

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 – an important aspect during an intense match.

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Dylan King
Dylan King
04:04 09 Oct 18
Three of my children have had braces the first just got them off and looks amazing. The service of dr Anand and staff is amazing. Always helpful. Highly Recommended
Neha Shivathaya
Neha Shivathaya
05:53 08 Oct 18
I'm so thankful to Dr Anand and the team at Align Dentistry for providing me with the picture perfect smile leading up to my wedding day. Their attention to detail, precision and care made me feel at ease. I knew that I was getting the best possible service. I'm grateful and that this feeling will last for the rest of my life ahead :)
Selma Mesanovic
Selma Mesanovic
11:35 10 Sep 18
The staff are really friendly and welcoming and they provide high quality service, especially in regards to braces for younger kids. It's one of the best orthodontic places to go to. Highly recommend them.
lara wakeham
lara wakeham
08:20 21 Aug 18
I am very thankful for the smile that was worth the while! Dr Anand and the team were very friendly and helpful and would highly recommend. I couldn’t be more happy with my teeth. :)
KELLIE RILEY
KELLIE RILEY
07:30 10 Aug 18
Dr Anand was pleasant and funny with all the treatment he did during the 18 months that my son had braces for. Would recommend align dentistry at chipping Norton to all my family and friends. The reception staff were awesome also, also made me laugh.
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