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167 Nixon Street Shepparton 5821 2576
2-4 Katamatite-Nathalia Rd Numurkah 5862 0300

Mouthguards -keep your own teeth!

Keep your own teeth - it just makes sense to be careful.
Sports Medicine Australia wants you to keep your own teeth. It asks parents,  coaches and managers to work together and check all kids wear a mouthguard for training and games.
It just makes sense to keep your own teeth.

Read more about mouthguards by the ADA

Next time you get a mouthguard made get a friend to hold your hand!

Actually what you need to do is get someone to apply pressure onto the central region of the palm of your hand. This has been shown to lessen the gag reflex. In a 2008 research article (Altering the Gag Reflex Via a Palm Pressure Point J Am Dent Assoc Oct 01, 2008; 139: 1365-1372.) the researcher reported that while it was known that acupunture to the ear or forearm can lessen the gagging reflex it is difficult to arrange this in a dental surgery. Based on finding from working with children with feeding delays a group of collegue students were tested with pressure to the palm of the hand and this was found more effective than a placebo, in making people less sensitive to stimuli that causes gagging.

Gagging is a really important reflex for protecting us from swallowing or breathing in unwanted substance. Some people are so sensitized that they can gag by just thinking about spoons etc. Try the pressure to the palm of the hand technique next time you get a mouthguard impression!

Shepparton Clinic

Mon-Fri 8.30 am - 5.30 pm
Sat by appointment only
Sunday - CLOSED

167 Nixon Street
Shepparton VIC 3603 AU

5821 2576
Fax +61 3 5821 0266

Numurkah Clinic

Alternate Mondays 8.45am - 4.30pm
Tuesday & Thursday 8.45am – 4.30pm
Friday 8.45am – 3.30pm
Saturday & Sunday - CLOSED

2 Katamatite-Nathalia Road
Numurkah VIC

Goulburn Valley Dental Group

 

Our Dental Practitioners

Dr Sath Saranathan BDSc(Melb)
Dr Geoff Woodhouse BDSc(Melb)
Dr Raathika Raj BDSc(Melb)
Dr Brodie Garth
Dr Kevin Lai
Dr Isha Pandher
Dr Neeshah Dahva
Ms Hayley Emmi
Ms Renee Church

Visiting specialists

Mr Kevin Spencer (Oral Surgeon)
Dr Andrei Locke (Periodontist)
Dr Matt Filei (Endodontist)