August 1 to 7 was Dental Health Week and the aim of this year's annual campaign is to remind the public of the importance of wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard during sport matches and training.
Sporting accidents are the most common cause of preventable dental injury.
The use of a mouthguard can help to absorb and spread the impact of a blow to the face.
Interestingly, at Geelong Smile Studio, the most common dental emergencies resulting from trauma occur not so often during the actual sporting match, but at training, when mouthguard usage is sometimes perceived to be less important.
There are many types of mouthguards available in Australia, ranging from the over-the-counter mouthguard, to a professionally-fitted custom mouthguard made by a dentist.