What type of sports need mouthguards?
Mouthguards should be worn during training and games where there is any risk of injury to the face, with the obvious being boxing, rugby league, rugby union etc. The Australian Dental Association recommends a mouthguard even during non-contact sports such as cricket, hockey, netball, volleyball, soccer etc, as there is also a real risk of dental injury.
Types of mouthguards
Boil and bite: These are over-the-counter mouthguards that are usually self-fitted after immersing in hot water. Unfortunately, the fit is usually poor, making speech/breathing difficult and also protect the teeth adequately. The Australian Dental Association advocates that only custom-fitted mouthguards should be used.
Custom-fitted: Fabricated to fit specifically to your mouth by a dental professional, they provide the best protection. Because of their accurate fit, you can still talk comfortably, which is often important during a game.