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Mouthguards should be worn during any contact sport where there is the chance of an impact to the face. Teeth are at risk of damage when playing sport and dental trauma can result in lifelong consequences for the injured teeth. Mouthguards can help to reduce the risk of tooth fractures and injuries caused by a collision.


There are three types of sport when we consider the chance of injury:

  • Contact sports where contact is part of the game. These include football, rugby, martial arts and boxing. The mouthguard should be compulsory.
  • Collision sports where contact often happens but it is not expected or allowed. These include basketball, hockey, water polo, lacrosse, netball, baseball, softball, squash, soccer, BMX bike riding, horseriding, skateboarding, in-line skating, trampolining, cricket (wicket keeping or batting without a helmet), water skiing and snow ski racing. A mouthguard is highly recommended.
  • Non-contact sports where contact is a rare occurrence. These include such sports as tennis. A mouthguard is not needed.

Mouthguards should be worn during all competitions as well as during training sessions, as this is when many injuries occur. This should be stressed to children in junior teams. There are two types of mouthguards available:

  • The custom fitted mouthguard is available from your dentist. This mouthguard is constructed directly from an impression taken of your teeth in the dental surgery and fits tightly and comfortably over your teeth. This type of mouthguard is the type recommended by the dental profession and is the most effective in preventing dental injuries.
  • The "do it yourself" mouthguard, available at many pharmacies are usually poorly fitting and uncomfortable to wear. Dentists do not recommend these as they offer little protection to the teeth and patients are encouraged to obtain the custom-fitted guard as a bare minimum.