Does Your Child Remember To Wear Their Mouthguard?
You might have noticed in the past few weeks that we’ve mentioned the wearing of mouthguards a few times. That’s because it’s Mouthguard Awareness Month, and many teams are recruiting and training in preparation for winter sports.
We’ve explained the difference between custom-made mouthguards and over-the-counter types:
We’ve also shared a list of the sports for which one should wear a mouthguard (some you won’t expect to be on the list!):
It’s important to remember that simply having a mouthguard is not enough: it needs to be worn. And not only during the game BUT during training as well!
According to the Australian Dental Association, only 36% of kids who engage in contact sports wear mouthguard during games—and only 19% wear one during training!
Remember, injuries to the face and teeth can happen at any time while playing contact sports—regardless if it just training, a friendly or an actual match.
Prevention is always, always better than cure. Wearing a mouthguard during games as well as during training could spare your child from painful and costly dental emergencies.
And if you coach a sports team, please start spreading the word amongst athletes and their families about how important it is to wear a mouthguard whenever there is risk of injury.
Read more about Sports Mouthguard in our general services page here.