Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury. More than 5 million teeth are knocked out or damaged each and every year, with these injuries resulting in nearly $500 million dollars worth of dental fees.
Why do you need a mouthguard?
It is estimated that almost 40% of dental injuries are related to sports and each year thousands of people, including children, are treated for dental injuries that could have been avoided or minimised by wearing a protective, mouthguard.
Damaged or knocked out teeth, cut lips and even more painful injuries including broken jaws and can be sustained when playing contact sports. Wearing a mouthguard helps to absorb and minimise the impact of a blow to your face, which might otherwise have result in an injury to your mouth or teeth. In fact, athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer damage to their teeth when not wearing a mouth guard!
A custom-fitted mouthguard not only protects your teeth but can also prevent or reduce the impact of injuries to other parts of your head and jaw.
- Cushions teeth against impact
- Protects against jaw injuries
- Protects against soft tissue injuries
- Helps prevent neck injuries
- May also help reduce concussion
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When should I wear a mouthguard?
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 football, basketball, hockey, lacrosse as well as combat sports such as MMA.
In exactly the same way that you wouldn’t dream of entering the court without the correct basketball shoes, or head on to field with the right football cleats, a mouthguard should be a vital part of your sports kit.