An active lifestyle is an integral part of many of our lives and helps us stay healthy both physically and mentally. Play it safe with a custom-fitted sports mouthguard for maximum protection against dental injuries.
Typical sporting and recreational injuries include a chipped, cracked or knocked-out tooth, cuts inside the mouth or a broken jaw. A custom-fitted sports mouthguard can absorb and spread the impact of a collision and reduce your chances of wearing an injury.
Ask about a custom-fitted sports mouthguard at EVP Dental in Perth. Depending on your private health insurance policy, your mouthguard may be gap-free for yourself or your child. Book an appointment on 08 9470 3944 or book online for a new sports mouthguard this season.
Wearing a mouthguard while playing contact sports is now mandatory in many schools and sports clubs across Australia, and it’s always recommended. There are three common types of sports mouthguards, however not all of them provide the same level of protection:
There are many advantages to investing in a custom-fitted sports mouthguard. Dentists will always recommend a custom mouthguard because the tailored fit is designed to provide maximum protection to teeth and gums. A custom mouthguard won’t shift around in the mouth like other mouthguards can, and allows you to breathe and speak easier.
A 2019 study from Adelaide University has confirmed a link between protruding teeth and a higher risk of dental injury in children. For patients with protruding teeth or those undergoing orthodontic treatment, a custom mouthguard is especially important to protect teeth and gums.
A custom-fitted sports mouthguard is a small investment to ensure the best protection for your teeth within an active lifestyle.
Your dentist may recommend a custom mouthguard to treat conditions such as bruxism (teeth grinding), obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
Bruxing or teeth grinding and jaw clenching is most commonly caused by stress and often occurs during sleep. Bruxism puts excessive wear on teeth and jaws and can cause jaw joint issues (where your skull connects to your jaw) over time, including facial pain and headaches. A custom night guard can help prevent damage and alleviate muscle spasms.
Obstructive sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder that is thought to affect 1 in 10 Australians. Wearing a mandibular advancement device (MAD) to sleep pushes your jaw forward, opening up your airway to avoid obstruction and vibration (snoring).
TMJ disorder is a condition affecting the jaw joints and muscles attached to your jaws. Symptoms such as jaw pain and jaw stiffness may be alleviated using a custom mouthguard to help prevent clenching and ease jaw muscle tension.
A custom-fitted sports mouthguard can last longer when it’s well cared for. To prevent the mouthguard from warping and going out of shape, keep your mouthguard out of direct sunlight and away from heat. Wash it in cold or warm water after use and keep it on its mould to retain its shape.
A custom-fitted sports mouthguard provides the best possible protection for your teeth, gums and jaw while playing contact sports. While more expensive than over-the-counter types, the cost of treating a dental injury far outweighs the cost of a custom-fitted mouthguard.
Most private health insurance policies with dental cover will pay a benefit for a custom-fitted sports mouthguard with little to no out-of-pocket expense to members. It’s best to contact your health insurer directly to check your policy entitlements.
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