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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 or minimised by using a custom-fitted mouthguard every time you play or train. We make mouthguards that are custom fitted to your mouth, using the latest technology to provide maximum protection and maximum comfort.

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.

Choosing the right mouthguard

There are two main types of mouthguards on the market:

Custom-fitted: Constructed and fitted by a dental professional, a customised mouthguard provides the best protection for your teeth. The dentist takes an impression of your teeth and makes a plaster model to get the closest possible fit. The mouthguard needs to be at least 4mm thick with a cushioning effect that provides protection against impact. It fits snugly so it’s still possible to talk.

Boil-and-bite: Over-the-counter mouthguards that are self-fitted by 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.

When should you change your mouthguard?

Make sure your mouthguard is in good condition. To be certain, ask your dental professional to inspect it during a 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 restorations, it can last for quite a few years. When it comes to kids’ mouthguards, they need to be replaced every 12 to 18 months due to the child’s growth and any new teeth that alter the fit.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

As always, your safety and the safety of our team is our priority.

The Team at Lumina Dental are maintaining full safety measures in accordance with ADA and NSW Health Guidelines.

This means that we are doing the following:

• Limiting the numbers in the clinic at any time
• Conducting a COVID-19 questionnaire and screening
• Patient temperature checks
• Hand sanitiser, wipes, sprays and washes at all points of contact including at the entry to the clinic
• Regular deep cleaning of communal areas
• All patients are treated with pre-procedural mouth rinses.