Mouth Guards

Mouth Guards

Protect you teeth with a mouth guard in Aspendale

Did you know that wearing a mouth guard drastically prevents dental injuries in Aspendale? Statistics have revealed that sport is the most common cause of dental injuries in Victoria. Unfortunately for children and young adults, those under 25 are more than 70 per cent more at risk of suffering a dental injury through sport. However, no matter what age you are, if you play sport a mouth guard is essential.

At the Banks Denture Clinic we specialise in custom-made mouth guards in Aspendale. Rather than selecting a cheap “DIY” option from the supermarket, choose a professionally made custom mouth guard. Mouth guards manufactured by professional prosthetists provide superior protection than shop bought alternatives, as they fit perfectly to the teeth.

Why do you need a mouth guard?

During contact sports individuals can experience heavy collisions or blows to the face. These types of incidents can cause a variety of different injuries including soft tissue injuries in the mouth, tooth loss, internal damage to the tooth, and chipped or broken teeth. After experiencing a dental injury like these, it takes a lot of time for the mouth to return to normal appearance and functioning. Treatments to restore the teeth can also be very costly. To avoid damage to your teeth, mouth guards must be worn. Mouth guards provide a thick cushioning that protects the teeth and oral cavity. When impact occurs the mouth guard absorbs the force of the impact. Mouth guards are a necessity to prevent your teeth from being damaged during sport.

What is the process?

At the Banks Denture Clinic our professional prosthetists take an impression of your teeth. From the impression, our prosthetists construct a custom-made mouth guard in our dental laboratory. Once the mouth guard is ready, an appointment is made to fit the mouth guard. Great care is taken to ensure the mouth guard is a perfect fit to ensure optimum protection is achieved.

Common injuries experienced without a mouth guard

  1. Chipped, broken or relocated teeth
  2. Knocked out teeth
  3. Broken jaw
  4. Cut lips, gums, cheeks, tongue, jaw
  5. Biting through the tongue or teeth through your cheeks

Sports you should wear a mouth guard at

  1. AFL
  2. Netball
  3. Cricket
  4. Rugby union
  5. Rugby league
  6. Basket ball
  7. Hockey
  8. Soccer
  9. Boxing
  10. Horse riding
  11. BMX riding
  12. Skateboarding
  13. Lacrosse
  14. Water polo

How to care for your mouth guard

  1. Once you have finished using your mouth guard, ensure you rinse it carefully with warm water and toothpaste. Make sure the water isn’t too hot though because this could warp the mouth guard. Let the mouth guard air-dry before you return it back to the case.
  2. To ensure you don’t lose or contaminate your mouth guard, keep it in its case when you are not using it.
  3. Disinfect your mouth guard with mouthwash on every fifth use to ensure it stays clean.
  4. Children’s teeth grow and change a lot, which means mouth guards should be replaced every 12 to 18 months. For adults, mouth guards can last for many years, however, will need to be replaced if tooth lose or dental treatments are experienced.
  5. Keep your mouth guard out of direct sunlight as heat can cause damage. Also avoiding leaving your mouth guard in hot places including closed cars or the car’s glove box.

If you play contact sport and do not have a mouth guard, now is the time to get one. Phone our friendly team to arrange an appointment for a mouth guard at our Aspendale clinic on 03 9587 7777.