Custom Mouth Guards In North Lakes
Preventative sports care
Playing sports can get intense, which is why many athletes invest in a protective mouthguard.
What is a Mouth Guard?
A dental mouth guard is a piece of sporting equipment worn in the mouth when someone is playing a high-contact or potentially dangerous sport. They are worn during both training and sport.
What does a Mouth Guard do?
A mouth guard protects your teeth, gums and jaw from sports-related injuries. It works by absorbing and spreading the impact to the face which will greatly reduce or completely avoid the mouth injury.
Types of Mouth Guards
There are two main types of mouth guards, all of which generally cover your upper teeth.
Boil and Bite
A “boil-and-bite” mouth guard, which can be purchased from most sporting good shops. It is prepared by purchasing, boiling and biting into the mouthguard to mould it to your mouth.
This version provides protection, but not as much as a custom-fit mouth guard. It may be uncomfortable, or may simply not sit in your mouth as well as a custom-fit mouth guard would.
A custom-made mouth guard comes most highly recommended, as it reduces your risk of injury.
A custom mouth guard is constructed to specially fit your mouth, which is why it offers better protection than the boil and bite.
Important Things to Consider
No matter which mouth guard you invest in, it should be durable, comfortable and resilient. It is important for the mouth guard to sit comfortably in your mouth without restricting your speech or breathing, and without causing distress.
You should be able to fully focus and engage with the sport you are playing instead of worrying about your mouth guard not fitting right.
It is also important for your mouth guard to be easy to clean, as you will have to clean it in between uses.
Investing in a Mouth Guard
Playing sports brings the risk of lost, broken, moved or chipped teeth, internal tooth injury, gum injuries and even broken jaws, which is why it makes sense to wear a mouth guard.
Dental injuries can be time consuming and expensive to fix and they can also affect the form and function of your teeth, which can create further problems down the track.
Mouth guards significantly reduce or circumvent the effects of a facial impact on your teeth. Custom mouth guards especially assist with this, as they are created specially to fit your mouth.
Although a custom mouth guard may appear costly, the cost of dental injuries you could receive playing sports will be even higher, and so the initial cost of the custom mouth guard itself will undoubtedly save you money in the long run.
If you’d like to find out about custom sports mouth guards at Mango Hill or make an appointment for a consultation, call our friendly team now on (07) 4736 8114 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.
Your mouth guard can stain and absorb odours that can cause bacteria to grow on the mouth guard, if not cared for properly.
- After each use, rinse your mouth guard with cold water and dry thoroughly before returning it to the protective case provided.
- At least once per week, brush your mouth guard with a soft toothbrush, soap and luke warm water, not toothpaste or mouthwash.
- Do not place custom mouth guard in hot/boiling water for cleaning or soaking, as it will change the shape of the mouth guard.
- Do not use alcohol-based products for soaking or cleaning.
- Do not chew on your mouth guard or eat while wearing it as this can alter the fit and weaken its performance.
- Do not store the mouth guard box in direct sunlight and do not subject your mouth guard to extremities of temperature.
- Do not soak the mouth guard in Dettol, Listerine.
- Do not use toothpaste on the mouth guard.