Accidents when skateboarding, cycling or sports such as cricket, football, basketball, boxing, hockey and soccer are the most common causes of dental injuries. Sport induced dental injuries sometimes can be very painful, disfiguring and expensive to treat. It may also result in time off work or school to recover. Mouthguard plays a crucial role in reducing the risk of dental injuries.
A Delacombe Family Dental, we offer custom-fitted mouthguard, that can reduce the risk of dental injuries. Wearing an appropriately customised mouthguard while participating in sport will protect against dental injuries. Players of all ages involved in sports and activities where they are at risk of an injury to the face should protect their teeth with a properly fitted mouthguard.
Types of mouthguards
The three basic types of mouthguard include:
Custom-fitted – These mouthguards are made to fit the person’s mouth. They provide the best protection due to their close fit, comfort and cushioning (shock absorption) effect. They are the most expensive option. However, the cost of an injury to the teeth or jaw will be a lot more expensive. Dentists recommend custom-fitted mouthguards.
Boil-and-bite – once the lining is softened in boiling water, the person bites on the mouthguard to help it take the shape of their mouth. These mouthguards may not conform to the person’s bite and can be uncomfortable to wear. A ‘boil-and-bite’ mouthguard should be replaced each season.
Stock – a ready-to-wear mouthguard that comes pre-formed. While these are the least expensive mouthguard, they also offer the least amount of protection. They tend to be uncomfortable and fit poorly.