Here at Newcastle Dental Care, we get see many patients throughout the year who present with many avoidable sports dental injuries. Usually the severity of the injury can be minimised or completely avoided, by wearing a professionally fitted mouthguard.

Who needs one?

Anyone who participates in sport that carries a risk of contact to the face should wear a mouth guard. This includes obvious sports such as football, boxing and rugby. Also collision sports where unexpected contact often happens. These include basketball, hockey, water polo, lacrosse, netball, baseball, softball, squash, soccer, BMX riding, horse riding, skateboarding, in line skating, water skiing and snow skiing, amongst other contact sports.

Usually a collision, or knock to the face can cause broken/chipped teeth, internal tooth damage, jaw fractures, concussion and soft tissue trauma, sometimes making it expensive and painful to get the teeth back to normal function and appearance.

When should a mouth guard be worn?

Whenever playing (or training) a contact sport, where an injury might occur.

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