Mouth protection in sport in Scotland--a review

Br Dent J. 2000 May 13;188(9):473-4. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.4800514.


The oral health strategy for Scotland, which was published in 1995, recommends that dentists promote the use of mouth protection in sport to reduce the risk of injury. There is compulsory mouthguard use in some sports including ice-hockey, fencing, boxing, lacrosse and some forms of autocycling. In cricket, face protection appears to be compulsory for batsmen only. The use of mouth protection in the martial arts is compulsory at international level but, in the UK, the rule does not seem to be always enforced at club level. Players of contact sports, such as rugby and hockey, are considered to be more at risk of dentoalveolar injury and the governing bodies of these sports recommend that players at all levels wear mouth protection but have not made it mandatory.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Alveolar Process / injuries
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Facial Injuries / prevention & control
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Humans
  • Martial Arts
  • Middle Aged
  • Motorcycles
  • Mouth / injuries
  • Mouth Protectors*
  • Risk Factors
  • Scotland
  • Sports Equipment*
  • Tooth Injuries / prevention & control