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Australind Family Dentistry

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Bulldog Custom Made Mouthguards

 
 

Bulldog MouthGuards

Why do you need a Bulldog Mouthguard?

Wearing Mouthguard reduces-

  • the risk of injury to the maxillary anterior teeth
  • damage to the posterior teeth of either jaw following a traumatic closure of the mandible
  • intraoral and perioral lacerations
  • tongue damage at impact
  • fracture of the body of the mandible and the mandibular condyles
  • damage to the temporomandibular joint 


And our Mouthguards are the best in the Southwest !

 
 
 
 

Should you be getting mouthguard for you and/or your child?

Sports

  • Sports during which the use of mouthguards is strongly recommended, including off-road bike riding, skateboarding, rock climbing, white-water rafting, trampolining, combat sports, football, basketball, squash and field hockey
  • Sports during which protective equipment for the head is worn, which may thus obviate the need for mouthguards, including full-face helmets in ice hockey and goalkeepers in field hockey cricket, roller-blading and cycling
  • Sports during which oral protective equipment is not normally worn but where mouthguard use could be justified under certain circumstances, including high diving, surf-boarding and skiing
  • Sports where mouthguard use would be impractical or not warranted due to low risk of injury, e.g. swimming, athletics, aerobics and rowing


 

Types of mouthguards

Custom-made mouthguard: Custom-made mouthguards are formed on a cast of the upper jaw, sometimes in conjunction with a cast of the lower jaw, in order to obtain even occlusal contact and are produced using materials appropriate to the end purpose of the mouthguards. 

Bimaxillary mouthguards: Bimaxillary mouthguards are worn on the upper and lower jaws with a passage for breathing in the anterior. This type of mouthguard could be considered for players in boxing, martial arts and contact sports who desire a different type of protection. They require a period of adaptation in order to be tolerated.

Laminated mouthguard: This type of mouthguard offers flexibility in design and construction. Ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA) blanks of different Shore hardness and thicknesses can be laminated together to provide increased protection. 

Mouth-formed mouthguard: Also known as a ‘boil and bite’ mouthguard, this type is purchased ‘over-the-counter’ from outlets such as sports shops. It is softened in hot water and then formed in the mouth by finger, tongue and biting pressure. Such mouthguards fit poorly, are difficult to wear, thin out dramatically, provide poor protection, are difficult to adapt to the mouth’s anatomy, may be dislodged during use with a consequential risk of airway obstruction and are therefore not recommended. Mouth-formed ‘shell-liner’ guards are also available which have a rigid outer layer and a soft, thermoplastic inner layer. Shell-liner guards are also not recommended as the hard outer layer may amplify the impact force and cause injury.

Stock mouthguard: A stock mouthguard consists of a curved trough of plastics or rubber and is worn without modification or adaptation, i.e, an ‘off-the-shelf’ mouthguard. Such mouthguards also fit poorly, are difficult to wear, provide poor protection, may be dislodged during use with a consequential risk of airway obstruction and are also not recommended.


Professionally fitted, custom-made mouthguards are the most acceptable! Don't delay, get mouthguard made today!

What age should mouthguard wear commence?
Dental injuries are relatively common in children and their effects can be catastrophic to the developing dentition. Good habits for use of protective equipment are maximised by their early introduction. Wearing custom-made mouthguards should commence as soon as children start participating in organised sport. Custom-made professionally fitted mouthguards can be fabricated for the deciduous dentition and should be considered as a part of their sporting team uniform. Patients undergoing orthodontic treatment should be provided with custom-made mouthguards.
 
 

Advice on use and maintenance for your mouthguard


  • Wear only a professionally fitted, custom-made mouthguard
  • Wear your mouthguard at training, practice and during the game
  • Rinse your mouthguard before and after use
  • Wash your mouthguard only with soap and in cold or lukewarm water
  • Clean the inner surface with a soft toothbrush after wearing
  • Do not let others use your mouthguard; it is custom-made and so can only be used by you
  • Store your mouthguard in a clean, rigid and ventilated plastic container
  • Keep your mouthguard away from sunlight and heat
  • Examine your mouthguard regularly for signs of deterioration, and replace if it is split or if the resilience, fit or bite have changed
  • Have your mouthguard checked for signs of wear, deterioration or reduction in fit as part of your routine dental review, or at least annually, by our dentist
  • Contact us if your mouthguard becomes loose, too tight or causes you any discomfort
  • Do not expose your mouthguard to petroleum and petroleum products, cleaning agents, paints, adhesives and similar chemicals. It may be damaged and rendered ineffective, without the damage being visible to you
  • Consider regular replacement of mouthguards in children whose mouths are growing, and deciduous teeth are being lost and replaced by permanent teeth


 

Did you know if you are a family HBF Member Mouthguards are fully covered for kids!!!

That means no out of pocket expenses, each child on the membership is entitled to 2 mouthguards per year!


There has never been a better time to give us a call and book your kids in to claim their HBF covered mouthguard


 
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