Do I need to wear a mouthguard?
Many schools and sports clubs in Australia now follow a strict no mouthguard, no play policy that requires all players to wear a mouthguard during games and training. Even when a mouthguard policy is not enforced, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends that people of all ages taking part in contact sports should wear a custom-fitted mouthguard provided by their dentist.
Custom mouthguards are recommended for sports such as rugby, football, hockey and basketball, where there's a risk of impact injuries from balls, equipment and other players. They should also be worn during all other activities that involve a risk of injury to the mouth and face, including boxing, martial arts, mountain biking and skateboarding.
Wearing a mouthguard won't prevent all dental injuries, but by cushioning impacts and absorbing shocks, you can lower the risk of needing to see an emergency dentist for a chipped or knocked out tooth, broken jaw, cut lip or other serious injuries.