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At Kedron Family Dental we understand that sport is an essential part of life for most children and adults. We have seen many sporting accidents in our time. Together with the Australian Dental Association we recommend that anyone, young or old, who takes part in a sport that carries a risk of a knock to the face, should wear a mouthguard.

What sports should I wear a mouthguard for?

Mouthguards are essential for most contact sports, but they should also be used for other activities where injuries could occur.

  • Contacts sports: football, boxing, rugby, martial arts
  • Collision sports: basketball, hockey, water polo, lacrosse, netball, baseball, softball, squash, soccer, cricket
  • General activities: bmx bike riding, horse riding, skateboarding, in-line skating, trampolining, water skiing, snow skiing racing

Remember, wear a mouthguard whilst both playing and training so you’re always protected against mouth injury.

There are two main types of mouthguards:

Custom-fitted mouthguards

Custom-fitted mouthguards are made by your dentist by taking an impression of your teeth and then creating a plaster mould. He or she can then construct exactly the right type of mouthguard for your sport that has the optimum thickness, coverage and dimensions.

Custom-fitted mouthguards are:

  • Tight-fitting, providing maximum protection for teeth and gums
  • Comfortable, making them easier to wear whilst playing sport
  • Shaped to allow you to talk easily without restricting your breathing

Over-the-counter (“boil and bite”) mouthguards

Any mouthguard that hasn’t been custom-fitted by a dentist will be significantly less effective in protecting you against serious mouth injury. An ill-fitting mouthguard is a lot less comfortable to wear and, as some studies suggest, many only be slightly better than not wearing one at all. Both the Australian Dental Association and Standards Australia do not recommend over-the-counter mouthguards. However, if there is absolutely no other alternative, they may provide a short-term solution.

The key to getting maximum protection from a mouthguard is how well it fits around your teeth and gums. The better the fit, the better the protection. The Australian Dental Association strongly recommends a custom-fitted mouthguard from your dentist. Over-the-counter varieties don’t provide enough protection from serious injury.

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Why do I need a mouthguard?

First a couple of statistics to highlight the need for mouthguards:

  • According to Australian research, about one third of traumatic injuries to teeth are sports-related.
  • The Sports Medicine Association reports that 50% of children experience some form of dental injury.

Given the likelihood of a sports-related mouth injury, a mouthguard is an essential addition to most young sportspeople’s kit. A mouthguard helps to absorb the shock of a blow to the face and reduces the chance of suffering chipped or broken teeth,  internal damage to a tooth, tooth loss and injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth.

Injuries like these can result in time off work or school, can be painful and disfiguring and may involve lengthy and expensive dental treatment. Think of the cost of a custom-fitted mouthguard as an insurance policy against mouth injuries.

How long does a mouthguard last?

You should get your mouthguard checked every 12 months by your dentist to make sure that it still fits correctly and hasn’t been damaged. Children, especially should have their mouthguards checked regularly as new adult teeth come through. Take it along to your regular dental check-up to have it checked out.

Caring for a mouthguard

  • Rinse in cold soapy water after use and store in a well ventilated plastic container
  • Store it out of direct sunlight – mouthguards distort at high temperatures
  • Rinse it occasionally in mouthwash
  • Take your mouthguard along to your regular dental check up
  • Replace it if it gets damaged

What our patients say

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On my recent visit I took my little boy for his first dental experience. The staff were wonderful and hygienist Alex did an amazing job of making him feel comfortable and ensuring he had an enjoyable experience. He had no complaints and even talks about when we will go back to the dentist. As my dental experience as a child was terrible, I could not recommend Alex and the team highly enough for a visit for children to make them comfortable and a positive experience.

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I went for a routine check up and clean as a new customer to the practice. From checking in (Abby) to the clean (Dr Chantal and Kian), everyone was very professional and thorough. A very comprehensive assessment was made and a meticulous clean was provided by Dr Chantal. Overall great dental experience and I will be back.

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I am a white knuckle dental patient (a product of school mobile dental care back in the 1960’s) I had a crown installed all in one visit today (less than 3 hours). Totally painless. All staff were wonderful and highly empathetic to my issues. The practice is highly recommended, which is why I have been a patient at Kedron for the last 15 years.

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I would definitely recommend Kedron family dental. The staff are first class.
Despite my fears, they definitely were calm and collected. Which helped me be calm too. I really appreciate the work of Dr Pj and assistant Gemma.
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I have been going to Kedron Family Dental for a while now and such positive experiences so far at the practice. Dr Chantal and the dental assistants that work there are fantastic - professional and takes good care of your oral health. I would keep going back despite having moved to the other side of the river :))

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Elwynn has been my dentist for many years, and without a doubt is one of the best! Extremely professional and knowledgeable; but where he is really ahead of the rest, is the care and explanation he provides throughout any treatment or examination. Great to have him in the Brisbane area!

Where to find us

Kedron Family Dental

1/138 Gympie Rd,
Kedron QLD 4031, Australia

Tel: (07) 3357 9600

Public Transport
The clinic is conveniently located just a 2-minute walk from Stop 25- Leckie Road on the busy 370 bus route. Free on-site parking available.


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