Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury. Every year thousands of people, including children, are treated for dental injuries that could have been avoided or minimised by wearing a protective, custom-fitted mouthguard.
Why should you wear a mouthguard?
Damaged or knocked out teeth, broken jaws and cut lips can be sustained when playing sport. Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard helps to absorb and spread the impact of a blow to your face, which might otherwise result in an injury to your mouth or jaw.
Dental injuries can result in time off school or work. They can be painful and disfiguring, and may involve lengthy and complex dental treatment. The cost of injury to your teeth or jaw far exceeds the cost of a custom-fitted mouthguard.
When should you 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, all people playing these sports need to wear a custom-fitted mouthguard.
What type of mouthguard should you wear?
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) strongly recommends wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard to ensure maximum protection. These are available from your dentist.
Over-the-counter mouthguards do not provide enough protection against injuries to your teeth, mouth or jaw. Dental injuries can be very costly, so it is worthwhile investing in a custom-fitted mouthguard.
HCF and CBHS health funds
We are preferred providers for HCF and CBHS.
HCF’s More for Teeth program is available to all HCF members with Extras cover and includes two fully covered examinations and cleans, x-rays and 2 mouthguards each year (subject to annual limits).
As a CBHS Health Fund Member you could be entitled to 2 exams, 2 cleans and necessary x-rays with no out of pocket cost each year and 2 mouthguards per year depending on levels of cover.
How do I care for my mouthguard?
Bring your mouthguard to check up appointments to ensure it fits correctly and offers maximum protection.
Store your mouthguard in a rigid container away from heat to ensure it keeps its shape.
Rinse in cold water after use.
Replace your mouthguard if it gets damaged.