Australians and Sport: Are You Protected?

Sport, leisure and recreation activities are the most common cause of dental injuries. According to the 1990 report "Sports injuries in Australia, Causes, Costs and Prevention", sports injuries cost Australia about $1.4 billion per year. Between 30-50% of these injuries are preventable.

A blow to the mouth can cause damage to the teeth and gums which may require extensive dental treatment for the rest of a person’s life. A blow to the lower jaw may also result in concussion.

The Australian Dental Association recommends that anyone who participates in a sport that carries a risk of contact to the face should wear a mouthguard.

This includes sports such as:

  • football
  • boxing
  • basketball
  • hockey
  • ice hockey
  • netball
  • softball
  • soccer
  • rugby
  • cricket