Protect your teeth!

Mouthguards are used to protect your teeth from injury during sports.

Dental mouthguards are very important during any form of contact sports to reduce the risk of damaging your teeth and the soft tissues in your mouth. Mouthguards can protect you from serious sporting dental injuries such as broken jaws, fractured, cracked or knocked-out teeth, cut lips and tongues.

At Aperture Dental, we construct custom fitted mouthguards by taking a mould of your teeth. A custom mouthguard is a great investment to prevent costly dental repair work later on. Don’t forget to ask us about the range of colours available.

Sports Mouthguards

Who should wear Mouthguards?

If you play contact sports, you risk injury and trauma to your teeth, mouth and gums. Many sports have risk of contact and therefore risk of serious dental injury and facial injury, such as tooth loss, broken teeth, damage to permanent teeth, upper teeth or lower jaw. These sorts of oral injuries are often difficult to treat, and often involve a lifetime of expense. Sports mouthguards can be worn by children and adults who engage in sporting activities such as:

  • Rugby union / rugby league
  • AFL / Football
  • Hockey
  • Boxing
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Cricket
  • Water polo
  • Martial arts
  • … and more

“No Mouthguard, No Play”

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) and Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) have asked sporting clubs and schools to commit to a “No Mouthguard No Play” policy for those who play in medium impact sports or high impact sports, either at training or at the game itself. The ADA recommends a properly fitted mouthguard which is correctly designed and custom fitted to reduce the consequences of oral trauma.

Benefits of wearing a Custom Made Mouthguard

Wearing protective custom sports mouthguards prevent, or minimise the severity of, dental injuries caused during contact sport. Custom mouthguards work by absorbing and spreading the impact of the damaging blow, and protecting your teeth in the process.

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has outlined five main benefits of wearing a custom sports mouthguard during playing and training:

  • Cushion the teeth against impact
  • Protection against jaw joint injuries
  • Protection against soft tissue injuries
  • Help prevent neck and jaw injuries
  • May help reduce concussion

Difference between Custom Fitted and “Over-the-Counter” Mouthguards

The ADA recommends that custom made mouthguards by your dentist should be worn as it’s specially designed to fit the exact contours of your mouth, is resilient, balances your bite and allows speech and normal breathing.

Cheaper “over-the-counter” stock mouthguards may be available from pharmacies, but according to the ADA they should not be worn. They usually fit poorly, do not provide protection for your teeth, dare uncomfortable to wear, can affect breathing and normal speech, and don’t last very long.

Cost of Mouthguard vs Cost of Dental Injuries

Dental injuries can result in time off school or work to recover. It can be painful and may involve lengthy and complex dental treatment.

The cost of an injury to the teeth or jaw can be expensive

Dental treatment to repair a chipped tooth can be upwards of $200, and if dental implants are required, it may cost up to $4500 or more!

As with all injuries, prevention is better than a cure.

The cost of an injury to the teeth or jaw far exceeds the cost of a custom mouthguard, making it a worthwhile investment in protecting your teeth.

Make an Appointment

Call us at Aperture Dental today to find out more!

On-Site Custom Fitted Mouthguard Service for Sports Clubs

Aperture Dental offers an On-Site Custom Fitted Mouthguard service to local sports clubs. We are available to attend your sign-on days, training nights and fund-raising events to take dental impressions of your members. The new mouthguards will be ready within 2 weeks.

If you wish to utilise our on-site mouthguard service, please click the link below for details and complete the registration form.

On-Site Custom Fitted Mouthguard Service for Sports Clubs

Aperture Dental offers an On-Site Custom Fitted Mouthguard service to local sports clubs. We are available to attend your sign-on days, training nights and fund-raising events to take dental impressions of your members. The new mouthguards will be ready within 2 weeks.

If you wish to utilise our on-site mouthguard service, please click the link below for details and complete the registration form.

How to care for your Custom Fitted Mouthguard?

  • Before and after using your custom made mouthguard, make sure you rinse it out with cold water thoroughly.
  • Use a mouth wash to get rid of bacteria.
  • Then use your toothpaste and toothbrush to clean it out properly.
  • If you are not using your mouthguard, place it in a clean and firm container with little holes for ventilation.
  • Avoid exposing your mouthguard to direct sunlight, heat or high temperatures.
  • Bring your mouthguard along with you during your regular dental visits, and your dentist can do a quick check to ensure it is still in good shape!

Mouthguards Sunnybank Hills

Need more information on custom made mouthguards and splints for superior protection? Contact our team of dental professionals at Aperture Dental Practice on 07 3188 9477 for more information.

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