Community Involvement

Willoughby Roos Junior Rugby League Club

Dental On Clarke is a proud sponsor of the Willoughby Roos Junior Rugby League Club.

With a home ground at Willoughby Park, the Club caters to boys and girls and has been in operation since 1913.

In addition to providing sponsorship support to the Club, Dental On Clarke is pleased to provide custom-fitted sports mouthguards to the Roos and their families. Our Clinicians donate their time and impression materials so that players only have to pay laboratory cost price (that is, the fee that our Laboratory Technician charges us).

We’ve all seen do-it-yourself mouthguards at sports stores and pharmacies. Unfortunately, those appliances don’t provide nearly enough protection against injury. Yes, children are growing, and their mouthguards will need replacement in time – just like sports shoes. But if we can avoid injuries to a child’s teeth, that’s a great way to save time, money and tears.

Our mouthguard offer with the Willoughby Roos is our way of minimising cost barriers for families and ensuring kids from our local community have the very best protection for their smiles.

Want to learn more about the Willoughby Roos? Check out their website: https://www.willoughbyroos.com.au/

FAQs About Dental On Clarke's Community Involvement

All teeth are important, whether they’re adult teeth or baby teeth. A young child (under six years) can benefit from a custom-fitted mouthguard because it helps to reduce the risk of injury, and associated emotional trauma for the child and family. A child over six years old often already has adult teeth at the front of the mouth. Those teeth need to last for life, so optimal protection now is the key to avoiding ongoing costly dental treatment.

You would think so, but no. Store-bought mouthguards don’t tend to fit well enough to stay in place at the critical moment of impact. That means they drop off of the teeth right at the moment they’re most needed, and the teeth are left unprotected. Trust us, if there were a simpler way to protect the teeth, we’d be all for it … but the evidence tells us that only a custom-fitted mouthguard can offer meaningful protection.

That depends on a child’s stage of dental development. Just like sports shoes, a mouthguard will need replacing in time. Sometimes that’s each sport Season, other times it can be a few years. Make sure you bring your child’s mouthguard to every dental appointment, because sometimes we can adjust the mouthguard to get some extra life out of it, before it needs replacing.

The entire team at Dental On Clarke loves to be involved in our local community. Our affiliation with the Willoughby Roos is a way to encourage local kids to enjoy an active lifestyle, and our mouthguard offer is a way to help them do that as safely as possible.

It happens. The good news is: your child’s mouthguard will have their name and contact phone number built into the mouthguard material (with your permission). That means that if the mouthguard is found by someone else, the finder has a way to reach you, so fingers crossed!

Usually two. The first appointment is for the taking of impressions. The second appointment is to try-in the mouthguard.

A mouthguard is a precision appliance and we want to make sure it fits well. Yes, it’s another appointment, but we’re happy to donate our time for that appointment to make sure your child has the best possible protection.

Immediately after use (still at the sports ground) the mouthguard should be rinsed under cold water and put in its protective case. When you return home, the mouthguard should be cleaned with cold running water and a toothbrush (you can use toothpaste too, if you like). Then allow the mouthguard to air-dry in its open case, before putting it back in your child’s sports bag for their next sporting session. Keep the mouthguard away from pets, siblings and high temperatures.

Yes. Despite the best intentions, there’s rarely any such thing as a truly “non-contact sport” (OK, maybe chess). We all know accidents happen, and when there’s a rugby field or a basketball court full of players fixated on the ball, collisions between players happen. In fact, some of the most severe injuries we see at Dental On Clarke have been sustained during “non-contact sports” because no-one was wearing a mouthguard. Is a mouthguard compulsory? No. Is a mouthguard beneficial? Definitely.