Mouthguards are an invaluable asset to anyone participating in a sport that could lead to damage of the teeth. They are also suitable for people who grind their teeth, often as an involuntary habit during sleep.
A mouthguard does not only protect your teeth, mouth and tongue, it can also cushion blows to the face, which would prevent injury to the jaw, neck or brain.
At Fannie Bay Dental, we can take special impressions of your mouth, teeth and gums to create a perfectly fitted mouthguard.
Your dentist will take moulds of your upper and lower teeth, which is then sent off to the dental laboratory where our technician will fabricate your custom made guard.
Your sports mouth guard may require replacing over time, depending on the amount of wear and tear. We recommend bringing it along with you to future dental appointments so we can inspect its condition.
How to care for your mouthguard
- Rinse your mouthguard in soapy warm water after each use and allow it to air-dry.
- Disinfect the mouthguard with mouthwash
- Keep the mouthguard in its supplied plastic storage container when not in use.
- Do not leave the mouthguard in direct heat such as sunlight or in your car.
- Show your mouthguard to your dentist at each appointment for inspection.
- Replace the mouthguard if you lose a tooth or have braces fitted/removed.
- Children’s mouthguards should be replaced every 12-18 months to accommodate new teeth and growth.
- Bring your mouthguard with you to every dentist appointment for a check-up. (please remove – repeats the 5th point)
Remember: A custom-made mouthguard is an investment in your health. The cost of an injury to the teeth or jaw is likely to far exceed the price of a mouthguard.