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Injuries in sport

Many sports have the risk of contact and therefore serious dental injury. These sorts of injuries are

often difficult to treat, and often involve a lifetime of expense.


The cost of any injury to the teeth or jaw far exceeds the cost of a custom-fitted mouthguard.


Mouthguards can protect you from some serious dental injuries such as

  • Broken jaws

  • Fractured, cracked or knocked out teeth

  • Cut lips and tongues.

  • Concussion


Sports that benefit from wearing a mouthguard include:

  • Football

  • Hockey

  • Basketball

  • Skateboarding

  • Netball

  • Skiing

  • Mountain bike riding


When playing rugby a mouthguard should be worn

How a mouthguard works

A custom-fitted mouthguard works by absorbing and spreading the impact of a damaging blow, and is fabricated based on an impression of your teeth and jaw taken by your dental professional.

A mouthguard that is custom fitted by your dental professional is far superior to an over-the counter

mouthguard because:

  • It is specially designed to fit the exact contours of your mouth

  • Tight fitting

  • Comfortable

  • Maximum resistance to being dislodged

  • Is resilient

  • Balances your bite

  • Allows normal speech and normal breathing

damaged teeth from not wearing a mouthguard whilst playing sport

Over the counter Mouthguards

Self-fitted, over-the-counter mouthguard, which are commonly know as the boil-and bite

mouthguards, should not be used for the following reasons:


  • They do not protect the teeth

  • Are loosely fitted

  • Impede breathing and speaking

  • Can even wedge in the back of the throat at impact which could be life threatening.

  • An over-the-counter mouthguard may be a short term solution if there is absolutely no alternative

  • available.

  • Can increase the risk of even greater damage to the teeth.

  • The ADPA and standards Australia do not recommend over-the-counter mouthguards​

Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard

Custom-fitted mouthguards, by virtue of their exact fit,

  • Let you talk normally

  • Don’t restrict your breathing

  • Stay firmly in place allowing you to concentrate on playing the sport you love.

  • You should consider its mandatory part of your sporting equipment, no matter your age or experience.

Keeping your mouthguard in tiptop order

  • Keep it out of the sun as they distort in high temperatures

  • Wash in cold water after use

  • Keep it stored in a well ventilated plastic container

  • Occasionally rinsing it in mouthwash

  • Replacing your mouthguard if it gets damaged or no longer fits.

  • Your mouthguard should be checked every year by your dental professional.

Keep Smiling Mouthguards is a proud sponsor of Warrandyte Sporting Clubs

Female hockey players

For tips on dealing with dental Trauma, visit

Dental Trauma and First Aid.


Ask us about how Keep Smiling Mouthguards can become your official club supplier of professionally fitted mouthguards with our sponsorship community/partnership package

Keep Smiling mouthguards provides a free mobile service to sporting clubs at a convenient mutual day or night. Whether it be REGISTRATION DAY, FAMILY DAY OR NIGHT, a nominated MOUTHGUARD FITTING DAY or a TRAINING NIGHT, juniors or seniors.

Keep Smiling Mouthguards will come to you.

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