Are You at Risk?

Australians love their sport. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Australians play sport for fun or for profit.

However, for all players of contact or high-risk sports there is a danger of injury.

Sport, leisure and recreation activities are the most common cause of dental injuries. According to the 1990 report "Sports injuries in Australia, Causes, Costs and Prevention", sports injuries cost Australia about $1.4 billion per year. Between 30-50% of these injuries are preventable. A blow to the mouth can cause damage to the teeth and gums which may require extensive dental treatment for the rest of a person’s life. A blow to the lower jaw may also result in concussion if this area is unprotected.

Common sporting injuries include:

  • Cut lips, gums, cheeks or face
  • Injuries to the tongue
  • Chipped, broken or knocked out teeth
  • Broken jaw

The Australian Dental Association recommends that anyone who participates in a sport that carries a risk of contact to the face should wear a mouthguard. This includes sports such as football, boxing or rugby and also collision sports including basketball, hockey, netball, softball and soccer. A well-fitted mouthguard will dramatically reduce the risk of serious injury and help protect against concussion caused by an impact to the face or jaw.

 

Fortress Mouthguards - The Ultimate Protection

The best way to protect your teeth from injury is by using a custom-fitted Fortress mouthguard. Fortress mouthguards are crafted to suit each individual. They are comfortable to wear and have good retention and fit, causing minimal interference to speaking and breathing even under demanding conditions.