What you need to know about protecting your teeth and jaw
Each weekend, millions of Australians of all ages take part in contact sports of all kinds. But while playing sport is great for your fitness, if you don’t take proper care of your teeth with a sports mouthguard, you could be risking a painful and expensive dental injury.
Broken, chipped, or lost teeth; fractured jaws; and soft tissue injuries to your gums, lips and mouth are some of the injuries you risk without the ‘insurance policy’ of a mouthguard.
You should wear a mouthguard whenever there is a risk of impact to your face – basically any time you train or play a contact sport. And by wearing a mouthguard that’s custom-made for you by Renton Dental, you can gain a far higher level of protection than with a standard “boil and bite” option.
Should you choose an off-the-shelf or custom-made mouthguard?
As its name suggests, you fit a ‘boil-and-bite’ mouthguard yourself by first softening it in hot water, then biting into the mouthguard so that it takes on the shape of your mouth and teeth.
While you can buy a ‘boil-and-bite’ mouthguard quite cheaply over the counter, this option offers only basic protection, and can be more uncomfortable to wear because it won’t precisely fit your bite.
In contrast, a custom mouthguard is made and fitted just for your mouth by a dental professional. The Renton Dental team will take a detailed impression of your teeth, then make a plaster model to help us achieve the precise fit.
Not only will a custom-made mouthguard offer the best protection against dental injury, it also helps you speak more clearly (an advantage in tight games) and breathe more easily (giving you a performance advantage).
You can clearly see why at Renton Dental, we’re big fans of using custom fitted mouthguards!
Top tips for kids’ mouthguards
Dental injuries for kids can be particularly traumatic and disfiguring for their developing teeth and jaws. To help prevent such dental damage, you should make sure your kids wear a mouthguard whenever they train or play.
If your kids aren’t keen on wearing a mouthguard, it can be a good idea to show them the many AFL, NRL and rugby star players who rely on custom mouthguards to protect their teeth.
Because your child’s teeth and jaws grow and change at a rapid rate, you should replace their mouthguard every 12 to 18 months to ensure it continues to provide the best protection.
How to keep your custom sports mouthguard in good condition
To be sure your mouthguard can do its job as designed and protect your teeth and jaw, it’s important to keep it in good condition. Feel free to bring your mouthguard to your check-up at Renton Dental Paddington so that your dentist can check it for any playing damage.
Wash your mouthguard in soap and water after each use, and let it air dry. You should also rinse the mouthguard occasionally in mouthwash to kill off any bacteria.
Don’t leave your mouthguard in the car after playing, as the very high heat can destroy its customised shape and leave it useless. When storing your mouthguard, keep it in a cool, dry place in a plastic container with vents that allow air circulation. Store it well away from pets who love to chew your things!
By keeping your mouthguard in top condition, you can ensure it offers you customised protection for many years.