Dental trauma resulting from recreational and athletic activities can sideline not only your smile but your life. Impact injuries from high-velocity sports can have consequences that are painful, expensive, and complex. Regardless of age. using a mouthguard in these situations can greatly reduce the risk of sports-related injuries – even concussions.
Sports mouthguards are thick, moulded devices made from plastic that conform to the mouth, protecting your teeth and gums. These removable appliances create an impact barrier between the upper and lower teeth, keeping them aligned and insulated from external impacts caused by blows to the mouth or jaw. Additionally, they help to protect the soft tissues of the lips, cheeks, and tongue – most especially with braces. Mouthguards allow the jaw to redistribute impact to the head and reduce the severity of blows that could lead to concussions.
There are three levels of customization, comfort, and expense when considering sports mouthguards. They are as follows:
Regardless of the type of mouthguard you choose, keeping it clean and dry when not in use is key for your continued oral health and hygiene. Routine replacement is advised as well, as a worn, cracked, or broken mouthguard will not provide optimal protection in an impact situation.
Injuries of the mouth are the most common in contact sports and can be greatly reduced with the use of a sports mouthguard. These injuries include:
As children grow and develop, their teeth and jaw are particularly vulnerable to high-impact injury. While a “baby tooth” may be replaced by a permanent “adult” tooth growing into its place, the same cannot be said for teens and adults. Therefore, it is recommended that all athletes participating in contact sports, high-velocity sporting activities, or recreational events wear sports mouthguards while playing sports, even if mouthguards are not a uniform requirement.
Sports mouthguards are one of the most overlooked protective devices in sporting equipment, but the protection they provide is priceless. A sports mouthguard can help protect your mouth, teeth, jaw, head, and wallet – helping you avoid costly and painful dental injuries. Call Odin House Dental today to discuss your sports mouthguard needs and book an appointment for a custom fitting.
Over the last two decades, Odin House Dental Surgery has been proud to serve the suburb of Innaloo and has grown to include 10 dentists, three oral health therapists, and 10 support staff. We have eight surgery rooms, a sterilisation room, a laboratory (where we make your mouthguards, whitening trays, and models) as well as two waiting rooms which include a small play area for children. We also have a unique “special room” complete with a massage chair, large screen TV, and even X Box!
Our dentists are all members of the Australian Dental Association and are local to Perth, so it would be no surprise if you have seen us out and about in the community.