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Wear A Mouthguard At Play, To Keep The Injuries Away

Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury. Every year thousands of people, including young children, are treated for dental injuries that could have been avoided or minimised by wearing a protective custom-fitted mouth guard.

Why Do You Need A Mouth Guard?

People of all ages, who are involved in sports and activities where there is a risk of contact to the face, should protect their teeth with a properly fitted mouth guard.

Damaged or dislodged teeth, broken jaws and cut lips can be sustained when participating in contact sports. A mouth guard helps absorb and spread the impact of a blow to the face that might otherwise result in an injury to the mouth or jaw.

Dental injuries can result in time of school or work, to recover can be painful and disfiguring, and may involve lengthy and expensive dental treatment.

The cost of an injury to your teeth or jaw far exceeds the cost of a custom-fitted mouth guard

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When Should I Wear A Mouth Guard?

Mouth guards should be worn whilst playing and training for any sport where there is the potential for contact to the face. It is essential to wear a mouth guard while playing football, and also while playing any other sports where there is a chance of being hit in the jaw or head. These sports include hockey, netball, baseball, basketball and even skateboarding and skiing.

Other Mouthguard Tips:

  • The Australian Dental Association (ADA) strongly recommends investing in a custom-fitted mouth guard.
  • Have your mouth guard checked by Dr Robert Ayar every 12 months for optimal fit and protection
  • Keep your mouth guard clean and store it in a rigid container, away from heat to ensure it maintains its shape

Which Type Of Mouth Guard Should I Wear?

There are many types of mouth guards available in Australia, ranging from cheap, over-the-counter products to professionally custom-fitted mouth guards.

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) strongly recommends wearing a custom-fitted mouth guard, just call Ayar Dental in Ramsgate on (02) 95295278 for an appointment.

Over-the-counter mouth guards provide inadequate protection and the significant cost associated with a dental injury means investing in a custom-fitted mouth guard is worthwhile.

1. Custom-Fitted Mouth Guards

Custom-fitted mouth guard are made by a dentist, who takes an impression and creates a plaster model of your teeth. Custom fitting allows the dentist to accurately assess your month and provide the best fitting mouth guard that is most appropriate for your sport.

Custom-fitted mouth guards provide a better fit than other varieties, as they are mad to suit your individual needs.

A custom-fitted mouth guard is:

  • Comfortable
  • Tight-fitting
  • Allows you to speak clearly
  • Provides maximum resistance against being dislodged
  • Won’t restrict breathing

2. Over-The-Counter (Boil And Bite) Mouth Guards

These mouth guards are significantly less effective than custom-fitted mouth guards. Over-the-counter mouth guards can include stock mouth guards that do not require fitting and mouth guards that are self-fitting by immersing in hot water and then biting into the mouth guard.

These mouth guards

  • Don’t fit as well as a custom-fitted mouth guard and are less comfortable to wear, which greatly decreases their effectiveness and sometimes may increase the risk of damage to your teeth.
  • The ADA and Standards Australia do not recommend over-the-counter or ‘boil and bite’ mouth guards. Some studies place their degree of protection as only slightly better than wearing no mouth guard at all.

How Long Will My Mouth Guard Last?

Have your mouth guard assessed by Dr Robert Ayar at your regular check-up to ensure it still fits correctly. You may need a replacement if new permanent teeth have come through or if the mouth guard has been damaged.

How Do I Care For My Mouth Guard?

  • Rinse in cold water after use
  • Store in a rigid plastic container
  • Keep out of direct sunlight – mouth guards will distort in high temperatures
  • Occasionally rinse your mouth guard in a mouthwash
  • Have your mouth guard assessed by Dr Robert Ayar at your regular check up
  • Replace your mouth guard if it gets damaged

ITEM NUMBER FOR A MOUTHGUARD: 151

COST OF MOUTHGUARD: $300

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