Sports mouthguards for kids & teens playing sports

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Sports mouthguards for kids & teens playing sports

Mouthguards are now the norm for kids playing contact sports!

The typical kid or teenager in Australia goes through the most physically active period of their lives while they are at school. Those who participate in organised sport spend 7 hours a week (on average) training and playing in games.

There’s just one down-side. Spending 7 hours a week playing a contact sport, puts them at risk of experiencing a physical impact or blow to either their head or body.

choice-dental-sports-mouthguardWith regard to oral injuries, a blow to the mouth or chin may knock out or fracture a tooth on the playing field – a traumatic experience for the victim. There are further complications that may follow this type of injury, such as recovering from surgery, future oral health complications, unexpected dental fees, and missing out on games until the oral injury has healed.

Fortunately, the risk of oral injury and even concussion can be reduced or prevented by wearing the right mouthguard, and being aware of any safety hazards at your sports venue. Mouthguards are essential safety gear in almost all contact sports and activities, including:

  • Contact sports with the possibility of contact and collision between players, such as rugby league/union, touch footy, soccer, hockey, polo, basketball, netball, boxing, wrestling, judo/other related martial arts, cricket, baseball and volleyball.
  • Non-contact sports involving hazardous equipment/venue and complex physical movement, such as skiing, gymnastics, acrobatics, athletics, cycling, diving and squash.
  • Complex recreational or leisure activities with a high risk of a strong blow, fall or impact, such as rock climbing, mountain bike riding, rollerblading and skateboarding.

Play it safe and make sure your kid wears a custom mouthguard. They can help prevent tooth fractures/chips/dislocations, soft tissue cuts and other types of oral injury.

As well as reducing the risk of oral injury, a proper mouthguard can also give kids and teens more confidence – and less fear – to give it all they’ve got when playing their sport! To get one for your child, visit Choice Dental to have their very own safety mouthguard custom-made at our practice – for a perfect fit and maximum protection.

To read more about the benefits of custom mouthguards in a previous post, click here:

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Choice dental mouthguards sports protection

Custom-made mouthguards safer than retail mouthguards

Choosing a mouthguard for your child (or yourself) can affect the odds of them suffering a brain injury or concussion in a contact sport situation.
U.S. research

American researchers from the Academy of General Dentistry conducted a study in mid-2014. The study set out to compare the levels of protection offered by custom-made mouthguards and standard over-the-counter (OTC) mouthguards. The purpose of the study was to research ways to better protect children from concussions.

For the study, both types of mouthguards were randomly assigned to 412 high-school football players to wear during games. All players wore a standard football helmet.

The study results

Previous research has shown that there are many variables that contribute to MTBI/concussion injuries – and mouthguards cannot prevent them all from happening. But mouthguards can help absorb shock and stabilize the head and neck, by limiting movement caused by a blow or trauma.

After the test period, the researchers found that 3.6% of the custom-made mouthguard group had suffered a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) or concussion. On the other hand, the OTC mouthguard group had more than double that rate at 8.3%.

The U.S. study showed that mouthguard thickness was a factor that contributed to protection. While the custom-made mouthguards were 3.5 mm thick, the OTC mouthguards were only 1.65 mm thick on average.

Having a perfectly-fitted mouthguard was an important factor also. If a person wears an uncomfortable mouthguard, than they are more likely to chew it. This action could reduce the mouthguard’s thickness and level of protection.

Choice dental mouthguards sports protectionConclusion

Dr. Jackson Winters, lead author of the study, advises,” Although more research on this topic is needed, our study shows the value of a custom-made mouthguard. The benefits of protecting your child far outweigh the costs associated with a dental or medical injury, which is likelier to occur with a store-bought model”

For a custom-made mouthguard for your child, give us a call and book an appointment.


(Study: “Custom-Made Mouthguards Outperform Store-Bought Models
in Reducing Athletes’ Risk of Concussion”, Academy of General Dentistry, 312.440.4974,

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