Every year thousands of children are treated for dental injuries, which could have been prevented, or the severity minimised, by wearing a protective mouth guard.
Who should wear a mouthguard?
If you participate in a sport that carries a risk of contact to the face, then you should wear a mouth guard.
This includes sports such as football, boxing and rugby, basketball, hockey, water polo, lacrosse, netball, baseball, softball, squash, soccer, BMX bike riding, horse riding, skateboarding, in-line skating, trampolining, cricket (wicket keeping or batting without a helmet), water skiing and snow ski racing.
Why should I wear a mouthguard?
A mouth guard helps absorb the shock experienced by a blow to the face, which might otherwise result in an injury to the mouth or jaw.
Mouth guards can do a lot more than just protect your teeth. A correctly fitted mouth guard prevents injuries to your lips, cheeks, tongue, neck, brain and lower jaw. They can also help to prevent a concussion. A heavy collision can result in chipped or broken teeth, internal damage to a tooth, tooth loss, injuries to the soft tissue of the mouth, and, in severe cases, concussion or a broken jaw.
The cost of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments, not to mention the time and discomfort associated with those procedures is an investment worth safeguarding.
When should I wear a mouthguard?
Mouth guards should be worn whilst playing and training for any sport that could involve contact to the face.
➜ The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends that only a professionally custom-fitted mouth guard should be worn.
➜ Check your mouth guard every 12 months for optimal fit and protection.
➜ Keep your mouth guard clean and store it in a rigid container, away from heat to ensure it maintains its shape.
Do you grind your teeth at night and wake up with a sore neck, jaw muscles, headache and tired?
If so, you should talk to us about an occlusal (grinding) splint.
If you have crowns, veneers, or other types of prosthetic dental work, a mouthguard or occlusal splint is essential to protect your valuable smile.
While sleeping your bite force can be up to six times greater than when you are awake.
An occlusal splint is a device you wear while you sleep to prevent you from damaging your teeth by clenching or grinding. Worn or cracked teeth and damaged restorations are only some of the physical consequences of grinding. Related problems include sore jaws, headaches, neck aches and jaw alignment problems.
Contact Arthur Street Dental Practice now to make an appointment.
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