What is a Mouthguard?

What is a Mouthguard?

Last Updated on May 27, 2022 by Joshua Poole

A mouthguard is a protective device for the mouth covering both upper and lower teeth or just the top teeth. They are often made of rubber, plastic or silicone. Mouthguards can be custom-made by your qualified dental practitioner to fit snugly over your whole mouth (full coverage), just the top teeth (top arch only), or just the bottom teeth (bottom turn only). Some are stock devices that you can purchase directly from your pharmacy, while others require you to make an impression of your own mouth. 

Mouthguards suit various purposes, such as treating an existing dental condition and preventing future dental conditions. Speak to your dentist about whether a mouthguard is appropriate to help protect your teeth from any dental ailments you may be suffering from. Suppose you play any sport or engage in any activity where you may sustain an injury to the mouth. In that case, a sports mouthguard is recommended to prevent dental damage and other severe conditions. Your friendly team at Champ Mouthguards can give you more information about all that these miracle devices have to offer—just ask!

Night Mouthguards

Night or Sleep Mouthguards are essential for treating and preventing different dental conditions. As the name would suggest, nightguards are only worn at night-time while the user sleeps as both a preventative and treatment option. 

Night Mouthguards can help protect you from jaw injuries and health problems that affect the jaw and mouth. These include:

  • Jaw joint disorders, such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD)
  • Tooth and jaw injuries, such as a broken tooth or a chipped tooth
  • Chronic teeth grinding or clenching during sleep (bruxism)
  • Sleep apnea

People who experience any of the above symptoms should consider wearing a mouthguard suited to their need. Please seek advice from your dentist to ascertain whether a night guard is the most effective or appropriate treatment for the dental condition you are suffering from.

Night mouthguards provide prevention and treatment for dental conditions such as bruxism at night when sufferers are most likely to subconsciously clench or grind their teeth. This often causes chronic headaches, jaw pain, extensive dental damage, tooth sensitivity and stiffness or pain in the affected patients waking hours also. 

While most find the use of a nightguard sufficient to prevent further grinding or clenching at night-time, there are also several preventative steps one can take to aid the use of a nightguard:

  • Limit consumption of caffeine and alcohol during the day
  • Stop smoking
  • Consider speaking to a professional if bruxism is caused by anxiety or stress in everyday life
  • Use relaxation techniques such as meditation, mindfulness to cope with stress which can cause bruxism
  • Practice an hour of “screen-free” time before bed and instead engage in calming activities such as reading, going for a walk, doing yoga or listening to music

While buying and wearing a nightguard might be inconvenient, an unplanned expense, and an unglamorous dental accessory, treating dental conditions is well worth it. Over-the-counter night guards prices start as little as $10, while custom-made night guards prices can be between $150-and $500. This may sound steep, but it is a small fee compared to the cost of future dental work such as fillings, crowns and teeth implants should bruxism go untreated.

Sports Mouthguard

Mouthguards are an essential piece of sports gear for anyone who participates in team sports, contact sports or any activity where contact with the mouth can occur. While most people wear a mouthguard while playing contact sports such as AFL, boxing, rugby, and hockey, several other sports are considered “non-contact” that warrant a sports mouthguard. A common misconception is that sports mouthguards should only be worn during a contact sports game; however, wearing a sports mouthguard during practice games and training is equally as crucial as mouth injuries can also occur.

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends using a mouthguard while participating in the below “non-contact” sports and activities:

  • Cricket
  • Netball
  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Skateboarding
  • Basketball
  • Bike riding
  • Teeball
  • Water skiing
  • Horse-riding
  • Trampolining

With all of these sports and activities, there is a risk of sustaining trauma to the mouth, and it only takes one accident to result in thousands of dollars worth of dental work and immeasurable pain and suffering.

Although they don’t get as much attention as other sports gear, sports mouthguards are essential safety equipment for anyone participating in team sports, contact sports, or any activity that risks mouth injury. A sports mouthguard is necessary to protect your teeth and your lips, gums, and jaw, as well as prevent concussion. 

You certainly want to keep your family safe from injuries as a parent. You might think that buying helmets and shin guards will be enough to protect them from getting injured during their practices and games. However, whether you have children who play hockey or soccer—or even adults who engage in martial arts—you can never be too careful to protect their teeth and mouths. Custom-made mouthguards come into the picture: a sports mouthguard helps minimise the risk of severe injury and may even save your child’s (or your own) life!

Sports Mouthguards are an essential piece of sports equipment that can significantly reduce the risk of injury. However, you should know that not all sports mouthguards are created equal. A custom-made mouthguard offers superior benefits to a generic mouthguard bought off the shelf at your local sporting goods store.

The one-size-fits-all mouthguards purchased at most retail stores provide much less protection than those made by a qualified dental practitioner because they don’t fit properly, limiting their effectiveness in preventing injury. They can also be uncomfortable as they are often made from cheap and inflexible plastics, which causes people to stop wearing them altogether. A custom-made mouthguard is made from a replica of your teeth to ensure a perfect fit and maximum comfort. Custom-made mouthguards created using modern technology are the recommended product for dental production by both the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and dentists alike.

You may think it’s too difficult or expensive to get a custom-made mouthguard, but that’s not the case at all! It’s actually straightforward and painless—and worth every penny! A custom-made mouthguard is an investment in your future smile.

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