According to an article recently published by Bite Magazine, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) is urging parents to get their children’s mouthguard checked to ensure it still fits. This announcement coincides with football’s pre-seasoning training commencement.
“The ADA urges parents to make sure mouthguards are custom-made and checked regularly by a dentist to make sure they fit correctly. We also need parents to understand that the risk of injury is just as great during training, so mouthguards should be worn during both training and games.”
The ADA explains that mouthguards which are correctly designed and custom-fit have proven to reduce the consequences of oral trauma. Your dentist can mould these mouthguards specifically to the player’s teeth to provide the best way to minimise damage should a collision occur.
The ADA has joined forces with Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) to ask sporting clubs to commit to a Mouthguard Policy which mandates a ‘No Mouthguard, No Play’ rule for those who play high risk collision sports—whether at training or at the game itself.
SMA is also using the start of the football season as an opportunity to call on all sporting clubs and schools nationwide to adopt a ‘No Mouthguard, No Play’ policy.
Thanks for keeping us informed Bite Magazine! What a great initiative ADA!