Protect Your Teeth with a Mouth Guard
If you play any kind of contact sport, or your children do, get a professional fitting mouthguard. Too commonly people lose their teeth or fracture them badly because of ill-fitting mouth guards, or not wearing them at all.
What are Mouthguards?
Mouthguards are to teeth what helmets are to heads. Basically, mouthguards, which are also called athletic or sports guards, are used to protect teeth from damage or injury, especially during strenuous activities and contact sports.
Worn to cover the upper teeth, mouthguards don’t just protect your choppers. They also safeguard your gums, tongue, inner cheeks, and lips. Without mouthguards, accidents can injure or damage these parts of your mouth, which can then cause tooth fractures, knocked out teeth, chipped teeth, fractured jaw, and trauma.
Different Types of Mouth Guards
The three basic types of mouthguards are: pre-made, boil-and-bite, and custom-fitted.
The pre-made or stock mouthguards are the most inexpensive and can be bought from sporting goods stores and chemists. They are made of foam material and can be worn immediately. However, they offer the least amount of protection due to poor fit.
The boil-and-bite, from its name, is made of thermoplastic, which you boil to soften. You can then bite down on it so it takes the shape of your mouth and teeth. While this is more expensive than stock mouthguards, it is more comfortable and makes breathing and speech easier.
Custom-fitted mouthguards are the most expensive yet offers superior protection. They are tailor-made to your mouth by your dentist. They may take longer to make, as your dentist has to make an impression of your mouth from which a mould is constructed. Still, customized mouthguards are more comfortable and therefore the best option.
Book in for your custom mouth guard
Best Protection with Custom Mouth Guards
Your local Caloundra dentist - Battery Hill Dental - offers the best protection against dangerous and more expensive injuries by creating mouthguards that are custom-fitted for you. Don’t risk your smile - protect your teeth.
Schedule an appointment with our dentists to get yourself a customized mouthguard.
Check out our prices for mouthguards at Battery Hill Dental, your local Sunshine Coast dentist.
Customized mouthguards are designed based on your unique mouth shape
Comfort and durability
Breathe and talk with comfort even during strenuous and heavy activities or sports, with a longer-lasting mouth guard
Protect your teeth and mouth’s soft tissues from serious injuries
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I wear mouthguards?
Mouthguards must be worn during training, matches or games, especially if the activity involves contact with another player or objects such as balls, sticks, bats, or rackets.
Can I wear mouthguards even if I don’t do sports?
You can, although it's not common. A special kind of mouthguard, called a night guard, is also available if you have a condition called bruxism or teeth-grinding. This is a good option for children, but, fits more in the category of dental splints.
How should I clean my mouthguard?
You should always clean your mouthguard after each use to stop bacteria from building up. Use a mild anti-bacterial hand soap, instead of toothpaste, which is abrasive and can scratch the plastic. Avoid cleaning with hot water or storing in extreme heat.