If you or your child participates in sports, one of the best ways to avoid a trip to the orthodontist is to always wear a mouthguard. However, some young athletes choose to use over the counter mouthguards. These have resulted in a spate of serious injuries. Consequently, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) now recommends going to the orthodontist or dentist to obtain a customised mouthguard.
Earlier this year, a girl in Tasmania was struck in the mouth with a hockey stick. She was wearing an over the counter mouthguard. She ended up with one lost tooth, one fractured tooth, the displacement of “multiple teeth” and severe lacerations to her gums and lips. According to the girl, only one girl on her hockey team has a customised mouthguard; everyone else bought theirs over the counter.
According to the ADA, more than 75% of Australians who participate in sports wear an over the counter mouthguard instead of a customised mouthguard. Consequently, the ADA has issued a statement recommending to all schools, sporting clubs and associations that more thought needs to be put into selecting a mouthguard.
Their conclusion: it is impossible for over the counter mouthguards to provide the degree of protection that customised mouthguards do.
What to Do
It is easy to get a customised mouthguard for your child or for yourself. All you have to do is visit your dentist or orthodontist. We have access to the finest mouthguards and are able to fit them perfectly to the athlete’s mouth. This can help prevent severe injury while playing a wide range of sports.
Customised mouthguards afford a much larger degree of protection than over the counter mouthguards do for a number of reasons, but the most important reason is that a customised mouthguard will always fit you perfectly.
Many over the counter mouthguards end up falling off during competition. That won’t happen with a customised mouthguard.
Talk to an Orthodontist
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