Protect your teeth with a mouthguard

In contact sport, it's common practise to pad-up with protective head and body gear, but teeth can sometimes get sidelined.

Sporting accidents are a common cause of dental injury, but these can be been avoided by wearing a protective, custom-fitted mouthguard.

What are the benefits of mouthguards?

Because mouthguards absorb the shock of trauma to the face, they protect teeth from being knocked out by a blow during sport. They also spread the impact, preventing chips, cracks and other painful and unsightly dental injuries.

Plus, by enclosing your teeth, mouthguards protect the rest of your mouth from cuts that often occur during a sporting accident.

Why do you need one?

Damaged or knocked-out teeth, broken jaws and cut lips can not only affect your confidence and cause you pain - they can make it difficult to eat and talk, and are often expensive to fix.

It's even more important to wear a properly fitted mouthguard if you have crowns, implants, dentures, veneers or braces, since the damage to your teeth - and your wallet - will be even worse should you sustain an injury.

Furthermore, dental injuries are not easy to recover from - even after surgery, you may need to take time off from work or school while you heal. The expense of a custom-fitted mouthguard is small compared with the time and money you may have to spend as a result of not wearing one.

Getting fitted for a mouthguard

While you can buy an inexpensive "boil and bite" mouthguard over the counter, a customised mouthguard offers far more protection.

To get one, you should start by meeting with your dentist to discuss the kind of sport or activity for which you'll need the mouthguard. After the dentist has done a mouth assessment to determine fit and coverage, he or she can make it using a moulded impression of your mouth.

Playing sport is fun, but broken or knocked-out teeth aren't! Give yourself peace of mind and invest in a customised mouthguard to ward off a potential dental emergency.

At Metro Dental we offer our patient’s custom fitted mouthguards for protection of their mouth against knocks or heavy contact. Minimise the risk of a dental emergency with a small investment in a custom fitted mouthguard. Contact us: Menai 02 9543 5400 or Marrickville 02 9559 3440, or alternatively click here to send either of our practices’ an email to enquire about your own custom fitting moutguard.