As pre-season training for winter sports commences and kids are getting fitted for new boots, headgear and shin pads, the Australian Dental Association is asking parents and caregivers to remember their children may also need a mouthguard.
"Children's teeth and jaws change each year just as much as their feet grow so it's important that they see a dentist to have their mouthguard checked," ADA's Oral Health Committee chair Professor David Manton said.
"An ill-fitting mouthguard could actually do more harm than good."
The ADA and DentalCare For All dentists in Box Hill recommends wearing a custom-made mouthguard that is properly fitted by a dentist, to ensure maximum protection against dental and facial injuries. The ADA does not recommend over-the-counter or 'boil and bite' mouthguards as they offer little or no protection to the teeth and mouth.
Sports Medicine Australia also recommend the use of custom-fitted mouthguards, and have worked with the ADA to develop a 'No Mouthguard, No Play' policy which sporting clubs and schools can adopt.
"The basic requirement of any mouthguard is for it to remain in place at the time of impact so fit, retention and resilience are crucial to protection being achieved," Professor Manton said.
"Some parents may believe that it is too costly to get a professionally made mouthguard, but this is a false economy. The cost of repairing missing or broken teeth can be a lot more expensive."
Visit the ADA's website to access information on why protecting your mouth with a custom-fitted mouthguard is so important, as well as first aid advice for treating an injury to a tooth.
We look forward to providing your children with quality custom fitted mouthguard at our DentalCare For All dental clinic in Box Hill.