Mouthguards – Defend your Smile

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School sports are kicking off so it is time to ensure that your child’s smile is protected with a mouthguard. 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. Unfortunately only 36% of children aged between 5 and 17 wear a mouthguard during sport/games.

Why do you need a mouthguard?

Damaged or knocked out teeth, broken jaws and cut lips can be sustained when playing sport. Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard helps to absorb and spread the impact of a blow to your face, which might otherwise result in an injury to your mouth or jaw.

Dental injuries can result in time off school or work to recover, can be painful and disfiguring, and may involve lengthy and complex dental treatment. The cost of an injury to your teeth or jaw far exceeds the cost of a custom-fitted mouthguard.

Choosing a mouthguard

There are many types of mouthguards available in Australia, ranging from cheap, over-the-counter types to professionally custom-fitted mouthguards.

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) advise that over-the-counter mouthguards do not provide enough protection against injuries to your teeth, mouth or jaw.

Custom-fitted mouthguards provide a better fit than other varieties, as they are made to suit you or your child’s individual needs. They are comfortable, well-fitting, allow one to speak clearly, won’t shift or fall out and won’t restrict breathing.

Medland Mouthguards

Medland Dental is able to offer a number of choices when it comes to your child’s mouthguard. Our custom-made laminated (double layer) mouthguards offer the best protection against dental injury and concussion. They come in a variety of colours and also have your child’s name and a contact phone number incorporated into the mouthguard so that it can be returned should it be misplaced! We also offer the option of customising our laminated mouthguards to your team’s colours or a special design – just ask us about your requirements!

We can also offer custom-made single layer mouthguards which are a more economical choice whilst still offering superior protection to the over-the-counter “boil and bite” type of pre-made mouthguard.

Remember it is just as important to wear a mouthguard during practice and training as it is during the game. Should an accident happen however click here for emergency contact information and emergency advice.

Australian Dental Assocation factsheets on mouthguards and dental injuries


ADA Factsheet – Wear a mouthguard at play, to keep the injuries away

ADA Factsheet – Which type of mouthguard should I wear

ADA Factsheet – First aid for a damaged tooth