Why is it important to use a custom-made mouthguard?
What is a mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a removable, protective device usually worn in the upper jaw during physical activity that helps reduce injuries to the teeth, jaws and surrounding soft tissues. There are various types of mouthguards available, however the most beneficial type is a custom-made mouthguard made to the cast of the wearer’s jaws.
Did you know that Parklands Dental can provide custom-made mouthguards for you and your family? Dr Aashul Patel, Dr Sophie Andrews and our oral health therapist Claire Damin are all trained in taking the appropriate impressions needed to produce a mouthguard specifically designed to your teeth and jaw.
It is far safer and more comfortable to wear a custom made mouthguard than a generic chemist or store bought mouthguard.
There are many disadvantages to chemist or store bought mouthguards. These include inadequate thickness, material deterioration and lack of retention which could all lead to risk of injury.
Benefits of a mouthguard
- Decrease the risk of injury to upper and lower teeth
- Prevent lacerations to soft tissues in the mouth
- Avoid damage to tongue at impact
- Prevent fracture to either upper lower jaw
- Prevent trauma to the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ)
Dental injuries are relatively common in children and custom-made mouth guards are recommended as soon as they begin participating in organised contact sport. As children grow and their dentition changes, it is advised that a new custom-made mouthguard is made annually to keep new teeth protected accordingly. If you or your family member is undergoing orthodontic treatment, they are also advised to get a mouthguard made.
How to look after your mouthguard
Once you have your custom-made mouthguard, here are some tips on how to use and take care of it:
- Wear your mouthguard at training, practice and during the game.
- Rinse your mouth with water before and after use
- Only use cold water when cleaning your mouthguard
- Clean the inner surface of your mouthguard using a soft toothbrush
- Do not let others use your mouthguard – it is custom-made and so can only be use by you
- Store your mouthguard clean and dry in its container
- Keep your mouthguard away from heat or sunlight
- Examine your mouthguard for wear and deterioration or reduction in fit as part of your dental check-ups. Your dentist can advise you if a new guard is needed.
- Contact your dentist if your mouthguard starts to become loose or too tight or cause you any discomfort
If you have any questions about obtaining a custom-made mouthguard, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Parklands Dental.