FAQ: About Mouthguards
Q: Why do I need a mouthguard?
Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury. Most of these injuries could be avoided by wearing a custom fitted mouthguard. Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard helps to absorb and spread the impact of a blow which might otherwise result in an injury to your mouth or jaw. Dental injuries can result in time off school or work, can be painful and disfiguring, and may involve lengthy and complex dental treatment. The cost of an injury to your teeth or jaw far exceeds the cost of a fitted mouthguard.
Q: When should I wear a mouthguard?
Custom-fitted mouthguards should be worn whilst playing and training for any sport where there is a possibility of contact to the face. These sports can include hockey, netball, baseball, basketball and even skateboarding and skiing. Just like having the correct shoes and sporting equipment, people playing these sports should wear a custom-fitted
Q: Which type of mouthguard should I wear?
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard to ensure maximum protection. These are available from your dentist. The so called "boil and bite" mouthguards available over-the-counter do not provide enough protection against injuries to your teeth, mouth or jaw.
Australian Dental Association (ADA) : About Mouthguards
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