Sports Mouth Guards

Mouth guards are an inexpensive way to prevent costly injuries


Every year, thousands of children and adults are treated for dental injuries that could have been prevented or minimised by wearing a mouth guard.


What is a mouth guard?

A mouth guard (or gum shield) is a soft plastic device worn during sporting activities to protect your teeth and gums from injury.

Why wear a mouth guard?

Mouth guards protect your mouth in the following ways:

  • They protect your teeth from direct impact from other people or equipment.

  • They stop your teeth from clashing into each other and causing damage.

  • They help protect your lips from trauma by shielding them from your teeth.

  • They can buffer a blow to the chin which reduces the chance of concussion or jaw fractures.​

What if I don't wear a mouth guard and have an injury?

If you sustain an injury, the treatment is often long, complex and expensive. It may involve numerous appointments and often root canal treatment, presuming it is even possible to save the tooth. If the tooth cannot be saved you may need the tooth extracted and replaced. 

If the tooth comes out of the line following the impact, it may need orthodontic treatment to pull it back into line. 

If your front teeth get damaged it is a long and expensive road and things will NEVER be the same! 

When should I wear a mouth guard?

Mouth guards are needed in any sport where you risk an injury to your face, teeth and jaws. This is more likely in certain sports than others. They need to be worn during games and training sessions. 

Which sports do you wear a mouth guard in? 

This list is intended to be a guide. Please check with your sporting club for further guidance. 

  • Boxing and martial arts

  • Rugby

  • Hockey 

  • Lacrosse

  • Football 

  • Netball

The type of sport you play will determines the protection level of the mouth guard you need. Sports such as boxing will require a greater protection level than, for example, netball.

Last Updated September 2019

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