Mouthguard Information

Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury. Every year thousands of people, including children, are treated for dental injuries that could have been avoided or minimised by wearing a protective, custom-fitted mouthguard.

5 good reasons to wear a mouthguard:

  1. May help reduce concussion
  2. Protects against soft tissue injuries
  3. Protects against jaw joint injuries
  4. Cushions teeth against impact
  5. Helps prevent neck & jaw injuries

When should I wear a mouthguard?

Custom fitted mouthguards should be worn whilst playing and training for any sport where there is a possibility of contact to the face. These sports can include hockey, netball, baseball, basketball and even skateboarding and skiing. Just like having the correct shoes and sporting equipment, all people playing these sports need to wear a custom-fitted mouthguard.

Other mouthguard tips:

  • The Australian Dental Association (ADA)strongly recommends that only a professionally custom-fitted mouthguard should be worn.
  • Check your mouthguard every 12 months for optimal fit and protection.
  • Keep your mouthguard clean and store it in a rigid container, away from heat to ensure it maintains its shape.

Remember to wear a Mouthguard every time you train or play sport.


Jenny Hill
College Nurse

Source: Australian Dental Association Inc.