MOUTHGUARD

Updated: Jun 22

Each year, thousands of adults and children are treated for dental injuries that could have been prevented or minimised by simply wearing a mouthguard. The Australian Dental Association strongly recommends the use of a mouthguard in any sport or activity where collision or contact is likely, and during both games and training. Often injuries in sports or activities that do occur are those we didn’t even consider to be a danger. It’s always best to ‘play it safe’ and wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth. www.ada.org.au


 

Custom-fitted mouthguards


The mouthguard is individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist's instructions.

An effective mouthguard should be comfortable, resist tears, durable and easy to clean, and it should not restrict your breathing or speech.





When comparing a Dentist fabricated mouthguard with a store-bought boil and bite mouthguard, the difference is easy to see and feel.


A custom mouthguard fits precisely to your teeth, doesn't move and allows clear breathing and speech.



Boil and bite mouthguards can be loose-fitting and uncomfortable


making them difficult to wear.

Custom mouthguards give greater protection when an impact is experienced.











How Your Dentist Makes a Mouthguard


A custom-made mouthguard usually involves two appointments with your dental professional.

We start by either taking impressions or a 3-D scan of your teeth, this is to ensure your mouthguard will be the most comfortable, protective and stable mouthguard we are able to provide you with.


We'll either fabricate your mouthguard here at Broome Dental Clinic or we'll send it to a laboratory that will fabricate one for you.


After your mouthguard comes back from the lab, your second appointment is to confirm it fits. Finally, your dental professional will file down any rough edges and make any necessary adjustments for that perfect shape and size, unique to you!


Caring for Your Mouthguard


Before Use

Brush and floss your teeth well before using the mouthguard


After Use

Clean the appliance after use with soap and lukewarm water, avoid hot water as this can distort your appliance, and use a soft toothbrush.

Then rinse well, shake off water and allow the mouthguard to dry completely in its ventilated container.


For a more thorough clean

Best results are achieved with Oxydens cleansing tablets. These cleansing tablets are especially suited to remove plaque and mineral deposits, odours and prevent discolouring.

Do not use cleaning solutions that contain alcohol (possible swelling) or toothpaste (contains abrasive particles), mouthwash (possibly discolouring) or water hotter than 50C (deformation).


In the Longterm

If you notice any change in your bite, loose or moving teeth, or in the shape of the mouthguard itself, please get in touch with your Dentist.


Generation of odours

If after some time the mouthguard has adopted a strong smell, use Oxydens cleaner or put the mouthguard in a non-perfumed concentrated soap solution for one hour and afterwards thoroughly wash with water. This soap solution will safely remove most of the odour generating bacteria.


Discolouring

Soft materials have the potential to discolour. The intake of colour pigments can be reduced or avoided by regular maintenance but it cannot be reversed. Mouthwash solutions and amalgam fillings can also cause discolouring.



 

For the highest level of comfort and protection, please book an appointment now with your dental specialist at Broome Dental Clinic by calling us at (08) 9192 1624 for a custom-fitted mouthguard to ensure optimal protection of your teeth and maintain the highest level of performance on the field, court or rink.