Anyone engaging in sporting activities may be at risk of incurring dental problems.
We all recognise the risk of physical trauma to teeth in contact sports such as rugby, AFL, hockey and boxing however even so called “non-contact” sports such as cricket, basketball, netball and soccer are a source of many dental traumas. To avoid damage to your teeth it is advisable to wear a mouthguard for team sports where collision or falls are possible or almost certain! Mouthguards can be purchased through a chemist or pharmacy, whereby you heat and shape the device to your mouth. Generally though, these types of mouthguards do not fit properly and hence provide little protection to trauma than a well made custom mouthguard, which your dentist can fabricate.