Custom Made Mouth Guards

Melbourne residents have a passion for sports the team here at Dento Mak help support the safety of all its players weather its mouth guards for footy, netball, skateboarding, Skiing, or cycling across Melbourne’s parkways. The professional Team at Dento Mak can custom make a mouth guard to protect and minimise risk or trauma to your teeth .

What is a mouthguard?

A mouthguard is a thick, often spongy shield that fits over your teeth. Mouthguards are usually worn during sports and other activities that involve a high risk of impact to the face.
They can be helpful outside of sports too. For instance, you might need to use a specialised mouthguard for jaw issues or teeth grinding. Dentists sometimes use special types of mouthguards to help treat snoring or sleep apnoea as well.

What are the risk factors when playing sport?

An injury can result in a loss of one or more teeth, broken or chipped teeth, jaw fractures or injuries to the soft tissue of the mouth. Dental trauma can also include damage to the gums and lips.
According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), about one-third of traumatic injuries to teeth are sports-related. Sports Medicine Association Australia suggests that 50% of children experience some form of dental injury. The good news is that injuries can often be prevented by using a custom-fitted mouthguard every time you play or train our professional dentists at Dento Mak are here to help you.

How can a Mouth Guard help?

In contact sports there is a lot of direct impact to the upper part of your body and  face, the force can travel through your jaw, teeth and even the upper part of your skull. This can increase the risk of injuries like front teeth fractures and even concussions. Blows to your lower jaw might cause the jaws to slam together and damage both rows of teeth.
Mouthguards act as a buffer for all  these kinds of impacts. The spongy material helps to absorb the shock and lessen the force applied to your teeth, jaws or skull . Our Custom Made mouth guards not only can save you money from expensive repair work but also helps prevent any long-term damage that an impact can cause to your teeth.

Choosing the right mouth guard

There are two main mouthguard options in today’s market:
The team at Dento Mak Epping offer Custom-fitted: Mouth guard’s by a dental professional, a customised mouthguard provides the best protection for your teeth and can come in a range of colours, with a cushioning effect that provides protection against impact. It fits snugly so it’s still possible to talk – an important aspect during an intense match.
The other option are the old term Boil and Bite these month guards can be purchased over the counter and are self-fitted by simply immersing in hot water then biting into the mouthguard so it takes the shape of the teeth and mouth. It’s less effective and can be more uncomfortable as it doesn't conform as well to the person’s bite and anatomy of the jaw. However, if you're in a fix, a boil-and-bite mouthguard is better than no mouthguard at all.

 

Will a mouthguard affect my performance?

The simple answer to this is when your mouth guard is custom made and fitted to your unique mouth and gums, the answer is no. Various studies have explored mouthguard’s effects on athletic performance. Most research points to there being no negative impact on strength or performance. However, some studies did report negative effects when wearing boil-and-bite mouthguards because of discomfort or breathing difficulties4. A poor fit is usually the culprit in these cases. This is another reason why it’s important to invest in a custom-made mouthguard. Call the friendly team at Dento Mak Epping for an appointment and a professional custom fit.

How to care for your mouthguard

After using a mouthguard, rinse it in soap and warm water, then allow it to air-dry. Also, use a mouthwash occasionally to disinfect it. When not in use, it should be kept in a cool place and stored in a plastic container with vents that allow air to circulate.
Most importantly, remember to bring it home after the game. If it’s left in the car, for example, the heat can destroy the shape, rendering it useless.

Mouthguards for Kids

Many kids experience a dental injury when they’re playing sport .If your child isn’t keen on the idea of wearing a mouthguard, it can be helpful to point out sports idols who wear one. Most popular sports have star players who wear mouthguards and here at Dento Mak Epping we can not only custom make and fit your mouth guard but we can custom design it with the many different colours available. Mouthguards can prevent dental injuries regardless of your age, so it’s important for athletes of all ages to consider wearing a mouth guard at all times when playing sports Make sure your mouthguard is in good condition. To be certain, call in to our team here at Dento Mak and ask for a personal  inspection and check-up If it’s been damaged when playing, it may need to be replaced. If the mouthguard is in tip-top condition and you don’t experience any major dental work such as restoration, it can last for quite a few years. When it comes to kids’ mouthguards, they need to be replaced on average  every 12 to 18 months due to the child’s growth and any new teeth that alter the fit. Remember, if a mouthguard starts to feel uncomfortable or doesn’t fit well.

Call one of professional dentist for an appointment today giving you piece of mind!

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