Dental services

Get a free mouthguard for your child

If your child participates in organised sports, you may be able to get a free mouthguard to protect their teeth.

Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard helps to absorb and spread the impact of a blow to the face. This prevents injuries such as broken teeth and cut lips.

What you can get

Children are eligible for two fitted mouthguards:

  • one when all upper adult incisor teeth are erupted (approximately 8-10 years)
  • and another once all adult teeth erupt (approximately 12-14 years).

Free mouthguards are offered in addition to the sports voucher program.

How to apply

To get a free mouthguard follow the below steps.

Step 1. Get a letter from the coach of your child's team to confirm they play sport.

Step 2. Make an appointment with:

Step 3. Take the letter to your appointment. The dentist will confirm that your child's permanent front teeth are fully erupted. They will then take an impression of the teeth to make a mould.

Step 4. The dentist will send the mould of your child's mouth to a dental laboratory. A mouthguard will be made for your child based on this mould.

If you live in a remote area

You should speak to your dentist to see if a mould can be transported to your area for a fitting.

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Last updated: 20 March 2020

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