Mouthguards made news headlines several times last year with Rugby players being fined for wearing sponsored ones. Though, that doesn't mean you have to be a professional sport star to wear them.

Australian weather is warming up, not to mention sports season is just around the corner. So there's no better time than now to protect your teeth while you're playing your favourite sports; especially those that are high contact.

What is a mouthguard?

A mouthguard is an oral device worn around the teeth. Since standard mouthguards can be uncomfortable and rarely fit an individual's mouth, the best type is a custom fitted mouthguard that is tailor fit to suit around your teeth.

Your dentist can create a custom fitted mouthguard for you by taking a moulded impression of your teeth to create an accurately-sized plaster model. This allows them to accurately assess the size, coverage and thickness your mouthguard requires.

Why are they so important?

Mouthguards aim to increase prevention and decrease the effects of injury to a person's teeth and oral cavity. A custom fitted mouthguard is the best protection against injury during sport and recreational activities since the close fit provides effective shock absorption. It could mean the difference between having to undergo any serious dental treatment in the future.

So whether you're going to occupy the field during rugby season this year, or you're a gymnast, it is strongly recommended that you consider wearing a customised mouthguard. Remember, mouthguards can benefit sports that aren't necessarily categorised as non-contact, safer sports such as dancing or skating.

A critical fall while skating or landing a failed gymnastic jump can do just as much damage as being hit by an opponent while playing football or fighting in a martial arts battle. Therefore, dentists encourage participants of all sports to wear a customised mouthguard.

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