Provision of Athletic Mouthguards

Added to Handbook: October 2007
Updated: September 2013

PURPOSE

To clarify the scope and provision of athletic mouthguards by dental hygienists.

BACKGROUND

Custom-fitted mouthguards prevent sports injuries to the skull and dentition. Following appropriate training and through use of proper equipment, dental hygienists can assess clients' needs and fabricate custom-fitted athletic mouthguards. Dental hygienists can evaluate the condition of mouthguards at dental hygiene visits for wear, tears, deterioration or unsatisfactory retention and provide intervention and education on the use of athletic mouthguards.

In providing athletic mouthguards dental hygienists can work together with other health professionals to deliver health education, injury prevention, and mouthguard promotion campaigns. This may be undertaken on either a one-to-one basis or with groups of clients, parents, athletes, athletic teams, sports coaches and officials, gym teachers or others. Dental hygienists may provide athletic mouthguards as an isolated service apart from comprehensive dental hygiene care (e.g. mobile or team setting). It is recommended that the dental hygienists follow standard protocol for obtaining informed consent.

POLICY

Dental hygienists can provide custom-fitted athletic mouthguards to their clients after obtaining the appropriate education. A dental hygienist must incorporate a process of care (ADPIE) during the provision of athletic mouthguards and follow up, and retain appropriate documentation.

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