Anyone who participates in a sport that carries a risk of
contact to the face should wear a mouthguard.
This includes obvious sports such as football, boxing and
rugby, and also collision sports where unexpected contact
often happens. These include basketball, hockey, water
polo, lacrosse, netball, baseball, softball, squash, soccer,
BMX bike riding, horse riding, skateboarding, in-line
skating, trampolining, cricket (wicket keeping or batting
without a helmet), water skiing and snow ski racing.
Why do you need a mouthguard?
A mouthguard helps absorb the shock experienced by
a blow to the face, which might otherwise result in an
injury to the mouth or jaw. A heavy collision can result
in chipped or broken teeth, internal damage to a tooth,
tooth loss, injuries to the soft tissue of the mouth, and, in
severe cases, concussion or a broken jaw.
Injuries like these can lead to long and potentially
expensive treatment to restore teeth and the mouth back
to normal function and appearance.