Mouthguards are an essential item when playing sports as they offer significant protection to your teeth, mouth and jaw. Mouthguards can be purchased at your local pharmacy or sporting goods store, however custom-made mouthguards typically offer the best protection, as they are moulded to fit your mouth.

Mouthguards are mostly used to protect the teeth from damage during physical activity such as contact sports. However, there are patients that may require a mouthguard to help protect their teeth from grinding or clenching known as dental splints.
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Why Wear a Mouthguard?

No matter what age, if you play any kind of physical or contact sport that may involve injuries you need to wear a mouthguard. Many junior sporting leagues have mandated the wearing of mouthguards and for good reason. A mouthguard works by absorbing the impact of any physical contact to your mouth region. Many people who wear braces also play sport and are necessary to help protect their braces and teeth from damage.

A custom-fitted sports mouthguard made by your dentist is the best investment anyone can make against dental injuries. In the event that you were to sustain a serious injury and weren’t wearing a mouthguard, the costs of any dental treatment required would far outweigh the cost of a professional mouthguard. Always remember, safety is paramount, so always wear a mouthguard when playing sport.

Dental Splints

Bruxism is the term used for the constant clenching or grinding of your teeth. Both can occur when a patient is awake or asleep and if left untreated will lead to more significant dental issues. One of the common causes of bruxism is stress, with many people reporting they clench or grind their teeth when stressed. However, if you have noticed your teeth are wearing down or you are experiencing tenderness in your jaw muscles after you wake up, it could be a sign of sleep-bruxism.

If you do suffer from sleep-bruxism, it is best to speak to your dentist and ask about a night mouthguard, also known as a dental splint. Just like a mouthguard the splint is placed over your top teeth and stabilises your jaw while you sleep. Helping to protect your teeth from grinding or clenching as you sleep.

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Get Your Custom-Made Mouthguard at Prodental

Mouthguards offer great protection and help to limit the impact of bumps in contact sports, while dental splints will greatly reduce your chances of grinding your teeth if you suffer from bruxism. To ensure your teeth are protected, call Prodental today on 03 7067 8586 and book an appointment to get your new custom-fitted mouthguard.
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