If they love playing contact sports, then there is a risk your child could injure their teeth. Even non-contact sports such as netball, cricket, soccer and baseball all carry the risk of accidental dental injuries. Every year, dentists in Australia see thousands of sporting injuries including broken jaws, cracked or knocked out teeth, and cut lips and tongues. These injuries can be tricky to treat and may require a lifetime of restorative dentistry, and then, of course, there is the sheer heartache caused by dental injuries.
Why Choose a Custom-Made Mouthguard?
Mouthguards can help reduce the damage caused by sporting injuries by absorbing and spreading the impact of a blow to the mouth. A well-fitting custom mouthguard is fabricated using an impression of your child’s teeth, which is taken by our dentist. It is far superior to anything you can buy over-the-counter because the mouthguard is made to fit the exact contours of your child’s mouth and has a neutral taste. A custom mouthguard will allow them to speak and breathe normally, and it should be comfortable to wear. Our mouthguards are made from a tough thermoplastic material and are thickened in critical areas to provide maximum protection.
In contrast, over-the-counter mouthguards are usually quite uncomfortable, may hinder breathing and speaking. Even worse, they could become stuck at the back of the throat if your child does take a blow to the mouth. There is a risk the mouthguard could be life-threatening. Because they are so uncomfortable to wear, it’s far more likely that your child won’t use an over-the-counter mouthguard.