Top 5 Benefits Of Wearing A Professional Mouthguard For Contact Sports

By Dr Anthony Hua

The quest for a good set of teeth is something that many people strive towards. From cosmetic and aesthetic concerns to health and general function, teeth are incredibly important. It’s easy to see why so many people spend a small fortune to achieve the perfect smile.

So, when our teeth become damaged during contact sports, it can be an expensive and inconvenient problem to remedy. With a professional custom-made mouthguard, you can prevent the worst from happening. Let’s take a look at five benefits of wearing a high-quality mouthguard for contact sports.

1) Reduced chance of concussion

A well-fitted mouthguard can work to stabilise your neck muscles, limit movement in the event of a direct blow to the jaw and reduce impact shock to the head. This can all help to prevent or reduce the severity of a concussion.

2) Protection from tooth loss

Think of mouthguards as airbags for your mouth. They work by absorbing and dissipating pressure and shock into the material of the mouthguard and away from the face and jaw. This protection can drastically reduce the chance of dental injuries such as chipping, fracturing, or losing a tooth.

3) Protection from damage to your dental work

If you have spent any time in braces, you know just how time-consuming and costly they can be. The last thing you want to do is cause any damage to any orthodontic appliances you have. A properly fitted mouthguard can protect your braces or retainers while you play contact sports and can also serve to protect your cheeks and gums from injury by acting as a barrier between your gums and your braces. Just because you have or had braces does not mean that you cannot play contact sports safely.

4) Reduced chance of facial injuries

According to the American Dental Association, almost 10-20% of all sports injuries are face related (maxillofacial injuries). These injuries can include trauma to the face such as jaw fractures. The same study found that every year, more than 200,000 facial injuries could have been prevented by wearing a mouthguard during high contact sports. These findings support that mouthguards are a necessity in contact sports to help reduce the chance of facial injuries.

5) A small investment to prevent a big cost

Dental issues can be costly to fix. There is no doubt that investing in a professional custom-made mouthguard now can potentially save you a lot of money in dentist and medical bills down the road if something were to happen while playing contact sports. Considering that a mouthguard has been proven to help prevent facial and oral injuries, investing in a mouthguard could be a great personal and financial decision.

As we all know, prevention is always better than cure. Investing in a high-quality mouthguard now will mean that you can play contact sports without worrying about your smile. If you need help choosing the right mouthguard for yourself, why not give us a call? We provide comprehensive dental care and are here to help with all of your dental concerns.

dr anthony huaArticle by Dr Anthony Hua – Principal Dentist

Dr Anthony Hua is the Founder & Principal Dentist at Burleigh Dental Studio. His passion, expertise and dedication to the field of dentistry have been recognised by his achievement of Fellowship status with the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry (ASID) and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI).

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