Anyone who participates in a sport that carries a risk of a knock to the face should wear a mouthguard.
This includes sports where contact is part of the game like football, boxing and rugby, and also collision sports where contact often happens, but it is not expected or allowed. These include basketball, hockey, water polo, lacrosse, netball, baseball, softball, squash, soccer, BMX bike riding, horse riding, skateboarding, in-line skating, trampolining, cricket (wicket keeping or batting without a helmet), water skiing and snow ski racing.
“Safety is the responsibility of adults, children only wish to play the game”. Leading sports administrators have been concerned for some time that dental injuries in women’s sports have not seen the reductions obtained in the traditional men’s games. The major reasons being that the dangers are accepted and more and more boys are being provided with an appropriate level of protection.