In Australia, thousands of active adults, teens and children receive blows to their face while playing sport, causing dental problems such as cracked, chipped, loose or missing teeth. Serious dental injuries are all too common in contact and fast-paced sports. We’d never encourage you to give up the game completely because of this, but a professionally-fitted custom mouth guard might be the answer.
Sports mouthguards are dental devices worn over the teeth to protect your oral cavity from blows to the mouth and head. They are considered an essential piece of athletic equipment for anyone participating in sports that involve contact, falls, or flying equipment.
Mouthguards are recommended for sports such as:
- Australian Rules Football
- Mountain Biking
They are expertly designed to protect your teeth, lips, tongue and jaws from heavy impact by absorbing the force. In some cases, they have been proven to increase strength in weightlifters, and protect against concussion. Ideally, mouthguards should be replaced each season, as they can wear down which reduces their effectiveness.
Just as many other pieces of sporting equipment have evolved over time, mouthguards have come a long way since their early ancestors. The early mouthguard prototypes were found in boxing. To protect their lips from lashing and relieve clenching, boxers would bite down on cotton, rubber, even wood, until the father of an amateur boxer developed ‘Gum Shield’, resembling the modern mouthguard. Since then, the 1890s, mouthguards have come a long way, with more sophisticated materials, efficient designs and custom-made shapes.
By far, custom-made mouthguards provide the highest level of comfort and protection for the athlete. Made in a laboratory under your dentist’s specific instructions, these fit and feel better than their store-bought alternatives. They are the more expensive option, but it is a small price to pay for the protection of your teeth!
To find out more, or to request a consultation, please contact us today.