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Mouthguards ‘essential for protecting teeth’ during sports

Posted by Joanne Mellor

Sportspeople have been reminded of the importance of wearing a mouthguard to protect their teeth and gums when they step on to the playing field.

According to dental health advisor at the British Dental Health Foundation Karen Coates, children in particular need a mouthguard if they are playing sports such as football, rugby, cricket, hockey or rounders.

“Although you cannot get mouthguards on the NHS, the foundation recommends you talk to your child’s dentist,” she said, adding this is necessary as the guard has to fit the teeth perfectly if it is to be successful in protecting them from harm.

Data from the foundation shows that 40 per cent of all mouth injuries can be related to sports, which dental marketing campaigns may stress to highlight the importance of mouthguards.

The body used the example of Team GB hockey star Kate Walsh, who suffered a serious facial injury on the pitch in the Olympic Games.

She was back in action for the next game and Team GB narrowly missed out on a medal.

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