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Mouth Guards

MouthguardA properly fitted professional mouth guard can help prevent broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw when playing sports. Because they are made to fit your teeth, it will stay in place while you are wearing it, making it easy for you to talk and breathe.

We recommend dual laminate sports mouthguards as they are extremely effective in preventing facial and dental injury from occurring.  Such mouthguards are also made in a local dental laboratory to ensure they fit the mouth perfectly, and therefore offer the maximum level of comfort and protection. Please speak to us to learn more about the different levels of protection that are available. We can also do special colour designs to suit your club colours.

For optimum comfort and the best protection for your smile, talk to your dentist about having a custom mouth guard made specifically for you.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How important is it for young athletes or any athlete for that matter to wear a mouthguard? How much protection do they provide?

Every year thousands of athletes are treated for dental injuries that could have been avoided by wearing a protective, custom-fitted mouthguard.

Simply put, wearing a dentist-fitted mouthguard helps to absorb and spread the impact of a blow to the face, which may otherwise result in an injuries to the mouth or jaw such as  cracked or knocked-out teeth, cut lips and tongues and even fractures of the jaw. 

Such dental injuries can result in time off school or work to recover, can be painful and disfiguring, and may even involve lengthy, complex and expensive dental treatment to fix.

When it comes to the different types of mouthguards either from the chemist, online or through the dentist, what provides the best protection?

Simply put, you get what you pay for. The Australian Dental Association recommend Custom fitted mouthguards, which provide the best protection fit and comfort for all levels of sport.

Stock mouthguards that do not require fitting and 'boil & bite'  style mouthguards (commonly from the chemist or supermarket) that can be placed in hot water and then self-fitted by biting into them offer less protection, can dislodge during play and as such are not recommended. Only dental professionals can design and manufacture a custom-fitted mouthguard that provide the most effective protection. 

What price would you expect to pay for a quality, professionally fitted mouthguard from a dentist? 

The price differs depending on the level of protection required.

At North Adelaide Dental Care, we charge under $200 for all mouthguards including those used for full contact sports (such as boxing and full contact martial arts) which tend to be at the upper end of this price-range. For a more accurate price dependent on your requirements, please contact us.

For Children especially, their teeth and mouth grow over time. How important is it to have mouthguards made that still fit? 

Ill fitting mouthguards do not to protect the teeth adequately. They tend to be loosely fitted, impede breathing and speaking, and can even wedge in the back of the throat at impact, which could be life threatening. 

Custom-fitted mouthguards fit better so let you talk normally, don’t restrict your breathing and stay firmly in place, allowing you to concentrate on playing the sport you love.

It is important that your dentist checks your custom-fitted mouthguard each season so that advice can be provided if a new mouthguard is required. With adult mouthguards, a custom-fitted mouthguard should last several seasons. 

If you are a club looking to put in place a mandatory mouthguard policy, simply visit the ADA website to download a free template.

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