n International SportMed Journal - The role of the mouthguard in the prevention of sports-related dental injuries : review article




This paper presents a review of oral-facial injuries received during participation in sport and the possibilities open to athletes for their prevention. It is clear that participation in a number of sports does carry a considerable risk of sustaining dental injury, not only in the so-called contact sports such as rugby and hockey, but also in less obviously dangerous sports such as basketball. The mouthguard is widely regarded as being the most effective way of preventing such injuries. It is also clear that the custom-fabricated mouthguard, in particular the pressure-laminated variety, is seen to afford most protection. As with other preventive measures mouthguard usage is often less than the dental profession would like; the reasons for this are numerous, including a lack of awareness of the benefits of mouthguard wear. While much progress has been made in this area, the profession could do much more to promote the greater use of mouthguards.


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