Do you really need to wear a mouthguard?

Do you really need to wear a mouthguard?

Posted on Apr 20, 2015

These have to be two of the more common questions our dentists at NovaDental hear:

Do I really need to wear a mouthgaurd?

Should my children be wearing mouthguards?

Now, keep in mind, when we say this, we mean a proper mouthguard professionally custom-fitted by a dentist.

Too often, we see kids with dental injuries that could’ve been prevented (or the severity minimised) by the proper use of a mouthguard.

Some of our most loved sports in this country (AFL football, rugby, karate and so on), do come with the risk of contact to the face. Don’t forget about those sports where unexpected contact may occur too – We’re talking about the likes of hockey and basketball.

How a mouthguard helps to protect your teeth

A mouthguard helps to absorb a portion of the shock experienced from a blow to the face that may result in an injury to the mouth or jaw. The worst cases can result in chipped or broken teeth, tooth loss, concussion, damage to the jaw and so on.

In the longer-term, such injuries can be expensive to treat, especially if ongoing care is needed in order to restore normal function to the mouth.

When it comes to mouthguards, the rules are pretty simple.

If you’re engaging in any sport or activity where contact to the face is a possibility, you should be wearing a mouthguard (even if you’re just at a training session).

And don’t forget to:

  • Check your mouthguard every 12 months to ensure that it’s still the ideal fit for you and is still protecting you.
  • Make sure your mouthguard is kept clean by storing it in a rigid container away from the heat to ensure it retains its shape.