According to the Australian Dental Association, only 36% of children use a sports mouthguard. This is a shocking statistic given how important wearing a mouthguard is for general health. And it is important to remember that a sports mouthguard does more than protect your teeth. Protect your teeth, book an appointment online.
There are in fact 5 reasons why a mouthguard is a good idea:
You have two options for mouthguards: over-the-counter or custom-fitted. The issue with over-the-counter mouthguards is they don’t fit snuggly on your teeth. Generally, this type of mouthguard requires you to put it in hot water and then mould it to your teeth. Which is a problem because—according to the ADA—it lessens the effectiveness of the mouthguard. What this means is there’s a good chance, even while wearing an over-the-counter mouthguard, that you are risking damaging your teeth.
A custom-fitted mouthguard, made by your dentist, can provide the best fit for your teeth. The advantage of a custom-made mouthguard includes:
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Your mouthguard, if looked after properly, can last between 6 to 12 months. Six ways to take care of your mouthguard include:
Looking after your sports mouthguard is a necessary part of ensuring long-term effectiveness. Keeping it out of the sun and storing in its container will help it to keep its shape. Also, keep it away from your animals. You know that joke about your dog? It will eat your sports mouthguard if left unguarded.