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Sports Mouth Guards at Cranbourne Dental Centre

Custom-Fitted Mouthguards: Essential Equipment for Athletes

At Cranbourne Dental Centre, we prioritize the oral health and safety of athletes by offering custom-fitted mouthguards. Whether you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, protecting your teeth and mouth from injury is crucial. Here’s why our custom mouthguards are the most important piece of your sporting equipment.

The Importance of Mouthguards in Sports

Engaging in contact sports like football, rugby, or even non-contact sports such as basketball and skating can expose you to the risk of dental injuries. These injuries can range from tooth fractures and loss to severe trauma to the lips, cheeks, and tongue. More alarmingly, a blow to the jaw can lead to concussions or traumatic brain injuries. According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), many of these injuries can be prevented with the use of a properly fitted mouthguard​.

Why Custom-Fitted Mouthguards?

Custom-fitted mouthguards are tailored specifically to the shape of your teeth and gums, ensuring maximum comfort and protection. Unlike over-the-counter or ‘boil and bite’ mouthguards, which can be ill-fitting and less effective, custom mouthguards stay securely in place, providing consistent protection throughout your game or practice.

The ADA strongly discourages the use of generic mouthguards due to their poor fit and tendency to dislodge, which can even pose a choking hazard​. Custom mouthguards, on the other hand, offer the following benefits:

  • Enhanced Comfort and Fit: Since they are molded to fit your mouth precisely, they are more comfortable to wear, encouraging consistent use.
  • Optimal Protection: They provide better shock absorption, reducing the risk of dental injuries and concussions.
  • Durability: Made from high-quality materials, custom mouthguards last longer and withstand impacts better than generic options.

The Process of Getting a Custom Mouthguard

At Cranbourne Dental Centre, the process of getting a custom-fitted mouthguard is straightforward and involves:

  • Initial Consultation: Our dental professionals will assess your oral health and take detailed impressions of your teeth.
  • Creation: These impressions are then sent to a dental laboratory where your mouthguard is crafted using durable, high-quality materials.
  • Fitting: Once ready, you will return to our clinic for a fitting session to ensure the mouthguard fits perfectly and provides optimal protection.

Who Needs a Mouthguard?

The ADA recommends that anyone participating in contact sports or activities with a high risk of collision should wear a custom-fitted mouthguard. This includes athletes of all ages, from children in school sports programs to adults in recreational leagues. Additionally, individuals involved in activities such as cycling, skateboarding, and gymnastics can also benefit from the added protection of a custom mouthguard​.

Maintaining Your Mouthguard

Proper care and maintenance of your mouthguard are essential to ensure its longevity and effectiveness:

  • Regular Cleaning: Rinse your mouthguard with cool water or a mouthwash before and after each use. Brush it with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to keep it clean.
  • Proper Storage: Store your mouthguard in a sturdy, ventilated container when not in use to prevent damage and allow it to dry.
  • Regular Check-ups: Bring your mouthguard to your dental appointments so we can check for wear and tear and ensure it still fits correctly.

The Role of Dentists in Promoting Oral Health in Sports

Dentists play a crucial role in promoting oral health among athletes. By educating patients on the importance of mouthguards and providing custom-fitted solutions, dental professionals help prevent sports-related dental injuries. Additionally, regular dental check-ups allow for the early detection and treatment of any potential issues that could affect an athlete’s performance and overall health​.

Investing in a custom-fitted mouthguard from Cranbourne Dental Centre is a smart decision for any athlete. It offers superior protection, comfort, and durability, ensuring you can play your best without worrying about dental injuries. Protect your smile and your health—schedule an appointment with us today to get your custom mouthguard.


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