Why should you use a mouthguard?
From children and teens to adult athletes, people of all ages can benefit from teeth and jaws protection during contact sports. Some of the most obvious sports requiring a mouthguard include rugby union, rugby league, AFL, hockey and boxing. But even less heavy-hitting athletes can benefit from the mouthguard. Consider investing in a custom-fitted mouthguard for basketball, netball, handball, tennis, and even gymnastics and track and field.
While you can find one-size-fits-all mouthguards at the pharmacy, nothing provides as much protection as one that is created specifically for you. Over-the-counter mouthguard may fall out during key moments, or inhibit breathing throughout intense play. Custom-fitted mouthguards are far more comfortable than generic ones, improving the likelihood that they will actually be worn during every game, match, and practice. And what is the most significant factor in the effectiveness of any mouthguard? Its consistent use.
New research suggests that wearing a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard has one other significant benefit. Compared to store-bought mouthguards, custom ones may actually reduce risk of concussion.
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends a custom-fitted mouthguard for all Australians who participate in contact sport or activity with a high risk of collision and hence dental injury.