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Whether it’s a collision on the field, a tumble on a street or equipment failure – the risk of contact to the face and teeth is an ever-present danger. To minimise this risk, it’s a good idea to wear a mouthguard.

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Mouthguards in 24 Hours Service

  • *Express service can be requested on weekdays for custom fit mouthguards to be manufactured within 24 hours. (Kingsway 48hrs)
  • An examination by a dentist required, if you need fillings and they are done later, your mouth guard will no longer fit!
  • An impression or mould is taken of your upper teeth and lower teeth
  • Your custom fit mouthguard is then issued that day

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Risk Factors for Dental Injuries: The need for a mouthguard

Being young and physically active is a high risk factor for dental injures.
Rates of dental injuries among athletes have been found to vary due to factors such as type of sport played and gender: One study found that the rates of injury were as follows:

  • Wrestling 83.3%
  • Boxing 73.7%
  • Basketball 70.6%
  • Karate 60% (Andrade et al. 2010)

At an international level of competition 49.6% of athletes had sustained a dental injury due to trauma.[1]

The rate of dental injuries for school boy rugby players was 26%.[2]

Why wear a mouthguard?

Rates of oro-facial sports injury was 1.6-1.9 times higher when a mouthguard was not worn.[3]

The most common injuries sustained were:

  • Enamel fracture (39.8%)
  • Avulsed (knocked out) teeth (4%)
  • To the least common being a root fracture (.04%)[4]

The teeth most frequently affected were upper front teeth, followed by lower front teeth.[5]

Injuries that are sustained whilst wearing a mouthguard were less severe and less expensive.[6]

Specifically: Less fractured teeth[7]

What type of mouthguard should I wear?

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) American Dental Association (AMA) and findings of independent studies recommend Custom fitted mouthguards.[8],[9] Custom fitted mouthguards are found to be superior to boil and bite mouthguards in regards to:

  • Comfort
  • Adaptability
  • Stability
  • Ability to talk (with mouthguard in!)
  • Ability to breathe

These differences in comfort made it more likely that mouthguards would be worn.[10]

The ADA rated the boil and bite mouthguard’s as inferior stating they should only be worn as a temporary measure).[11]

How often should I replace my mouthguard?

The ADA recommend that mouthguards be replaced every 12 months for both children and adults, or after “significant” dental treatment.[12]

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References

Content References

[1] Rafaela Amarante Andrade, et al, “Prevalence of dental trauma in Pan American games athletes,” Dental Traumatology 26(3). (2010):  248.

[2] Robert G. Jagger et al., “The prevalence of dental, facial and head injuries sustained bye schoolboy rugby players.  A pilot study,” Primary Dental Care 17(3). (2010):143-146.

[3] J.J. Knapik et al., “Mouthguards in sport activities: history, physical properties and injury prevention effectiveness,” Sports Medicine 7(2). (2007):117-144.

[4] Jagger et al., “The prevalence of dental, facial and head injuries sustained bye schoolboy rugby players.  A pilot study.”

[5] Andrade, et al, “Prevalence of dental trauma in Pan American games athletes.”

[6] Cynthia R. LaBella, Bryan W. Smith & Asgeir Sigurdsson, “Efferct of mouthguards on dental injuries and concussions in college basketball,” Medical and Science in Sports Exercise Journal 34(1). (2002): 41-44.

[7] Knapik et al., “Mouthguards in sport activities: history, physical properties and injury prevention effectiveness.”

[8]  Australian Dental Association (ADA), “ What type of mouthguard should I wear?” http://www.ada.org.au/app_cmslib/media/lib/0803/m122650_v1_what%20mouthguard.pdf (accessed December 3, 2015).

[9] American Dental Association (AMA), “ The importance of using mouthguards: tips for keeping your smile safe,” http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Science%20and%20Research/Files/patient_40.ashx (accessed December 3, 2015).

[10] Duarte-Pereira DM, Del Rey-Santamaria M, Javierre-Garces C, et al., “Wearability and physiological effects of custom-fitted vs self-adapted mouthguards,” Dental Traumatology 24 (2008):439-442.

[11]  ADA, “ What type of mouthguard should I wear?”

[12] Ibid

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