A mouthguard is a protective shield worn on upper teeth, protecting teeth and soft tissues during contact sport. Custom-fit mouth guards are tailor made and provide the ideal protection and resilience against dental related injuries. Mouthguards allow for normal breathing and swallowing. They are designed to be worn in sports training sessions as well as during sports games. The dentist takes a mould of the upper teeth with specifications to the laboratory on the design of the mouth guard and colour. Once the laboratory has made the mouthguard, you will be provided a case to store the mouth guard when not in use. It is important that the mouth guard is stored in a cool, dry environment and occasionally cleaned with soapy water and thoroughly rinsed. It is important to keep in mind that children may require mouthguard replacements every few months, as primary teeth are being replaced with permanent adult teeth.
Without a protective mouthguard during contact sport, teeth are prone to fracturing, lips and gums can be traumatised, and teeth can even entirely dislodge from the mouth. Regardless of the extent of the injury, dental trauma requires immediate assessment by a dentist. Unnoticed injuries may have occurred which can only be confirmed through a thorough dental examination and are much easier to address immediately after traumatic dental injuries. For example, when a primary tooth has been injured, the adult tooth underneath may have also been affected by the incident. Rather than allowing your teeth to be at risk of sport-related injuries, if you play a high contact sport, protect your smile by wearing a custom-fit mouth guard!
What do I do if I see a front tooth knocked out?
- Make sure this is an adult tooth, primary teeth do not need to be replanted
- Remain calm
- Pick the tooth up from the white area (crown), avoid touching the yellow area (root).
- If the tooth is dirty, wash it with cold water for 10 seconds and reposition it. Bite on a handkerchief to hold it into position
- If you cannot replant the tooth, place it in a glass of milk, saline or saliva. Avoid transporting the tooth in water
- Seek dental treatment immediately