Protecting your teeth during sports

If you play a sport, such as rugby or hockey, where there's a risk of being hit in the mouth, you may want to consider getting a mouthguard made by a dentist to protect your teeth.

This involves taking a mould of your teeth, which will be used to make the mouthguard this will fit well and protect your mouth.

"Boil and bite" mouthguards, where the mouthguard is moulded using hot water,are also available, but they're not as good as one made by your dentist. This type of mouthguard is often uncomfortableto wear and doesnt provide the same level of protection as a custom-made mouthguard.

The Dental Trauma UK website has more information about the management of dental trauma and mouthguards .

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018