Mouthguard awareness during the Rio OlympicsDr Alice Yang
While we participate in various sports, it is vital to know how to prevent injuries. When it comes to protecting your mouth, a mouthguard should be a standard piece of athletic gear for an athlete from an early age.
Do you know that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to their teeth if mouthguards aren’t worn? However, statistics show only 36% of Australian children aged 5-17 wear a mouthguard during sports.
Mouthguards help cushion blows that might otherwise cause broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. It is believed that they also may reduce the incidence and severity of concussions.
So, for which sports would you need to wear a mouthguard?
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends mouthguards to be worn during contact sports such as:
- Water polo
- Bike riding
- Horse riding
- Water Skiing
Your dentist can make a custom mouthguard for you or your child that is comfortable and offers superior protection. Because treating a sports-related dental injury can cost irreversible effects and thousands of dollars, a mouthguard is a worthwhile investment. Custom-made mouthguards are considered to be the most protective option.
To celebrate Aussies winning gold in the Rio Olymptics, custom-made mouthguards are available at Middleborough Dental Care for a special price of $120 during August and September!