As the days are heating up and we realise summer is truly on the way, everyone in the family wants to get outside and play a round of cricket or a game of footy. Playing fun team sports is great for the whole family, until there is a collision on the field or a tackle gone wrong. Damage to the face, lips, mouth and especially teeth is unfortunately common when playing sport. So, what can you do to protect you and your family from potentially life long damage – that can arise from one small accident? Minimise the risk, and protect your teeth, by wearing a custom fitted mouthguard.
Mouth guards are a thick plastic shield that can be fitted to your teeth. If there is a risk you may receive impact to the face, it is important to wear a mouthguard. Unfortunately, damage or loss of a tooth can require extensive and costly treatment. Damage can even happen if your store-bought mouth guard is improperly fitted, which is why it is always best to consult your dentist.
Custom fitted mouth guards are generally more expensive than a store-bought version but are made from high-quality, durable materials and made especially for you or your family members. An initial purchase that may seem higher than you would pay to get the mouthguard yourself, is nothing compared to the potential cost of expensive dental treatment, should anything happen.
Your teeth are an important asset and after the loss of baby teeth, one set is meant to last a lifetime. They are among the first things someone sees when they meet you and if one sports injury causes the loss of your front teeth, it can drastically change the way you look, eat, speak and live.
Having a mouth guard fitted by a dentist is painless and relatively simple. Your dentist will do an examination of your oral health and make a mould of your teeth with dental putty. This will then be sent off to manufacture your custom mouth guard that will fit your teeth perfectly. Extensive damage can occur to your teeth without a mouthguard but even an ill-fitting, cheap guard from a sports store can cause widespread injury.
Mouthguards fitted by a dentist are generally more resilient than your store-bought version. They may also be tear-resistant and easier to clean. They will be able to explain the entire process to you, including the after care of your mouthguard. Don’t risk it and book in to consult with your dentist today.