A mouthguard is just as important as any other piece of protective sporting equipment. Each year many sporting people, including children, lose teeth through unfortunate collisions and impacts. In most cases, a well-fitted custom mouthguard from a dentist could have prevented that loss.

Mouthguards are recommended for adults and children who play any type of contact sport, or for people who participate in activities where there is a substantial risk of facial injury such as rollerblading or skateboarding.

What type of mouthguard?

There are two types of mouthguards; over-the-counter or custom-fitted. The Australian Dental Association recommends a custom-fitted mouthguard as being essential for the proper protection of your teeth.

A correctly fitted custom-made mouthguard protects your teeth, gums and jaw. It allows you to breathe and speak more easily compared to an over-the-counter or ‘boil and bite’ mouthguard.

Custom-fitted mouthguards are made by your dentist and constructed directly from a mould taken of your teeth. Your dentist will be able to accurately assess your mouth to provide the optimum dimensions, coverage and thickness to ensure the best possible protection for you, relative to your sport.

Custom-fitted mouthguards provide maximum protection, are comfortable, allow you to talk easily and do not restrict breathing.

How long will it last?

Mouthguards for children should be reviewed by their dentist at their regular check-up to ensure it still fits correctly. It may need to be replaced as your child’s mouth changes through growth or the arrival of new teeth. Adult mouthguards should be reviewed every 12 months to ensure ongoing correct fit and will only need to be replaced if major changes occur to the teeth.

How do I look after my mouthguard?

Mouthguards should be rinsed in cold soapy water after use. They should then be dried and stored in a plastic container. Keep in a cool place as high temperatures can cause distortion.