Attention parents! Thirty million children take part in sports each year. Almost a million of them will end up in the emergency room with a jaw or face injury but a tiny piece of equipment could have saved a serious injury. Mouthguards can prevent certain injuries such as broken and chipped teeth, oral lacerations, jaw injuries and concussions.
Mouthguards are essential for most contact sports, but they should also be used for other activities where injuries could occur. It is recommended to use a mouth guard for any of the following sports, and remember that the mouth guard should be worn while training and playing to ensure the mouth is always protected from injury.
Do you play or participate in any of the following sport activities?
Football, Boxing, Rugby, Martial Arts, Wrestling, Weightlifting, Volleyball, Basketball, Hockey, Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball, Squash, Soccer, Cricket, Gymnastics, Track & Field, BMX Bike Riding, Horseriding, Skateboarding, In-line skating, Trampolining, Water Skiing, Ski or Snowboard Racing.
According to the national youth sports foundation for safety an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain a dental injury when not wearing a mouth guard. They also go on to state that dental injuries are the most costly type of injuries sustained during sporting events.
Did you know it can cost $1500 or more to repair a damaged tooth? A mouth guard costs a small fraction of this price. Every year, adults and children lose about five million teeth due to sports-related injuries, according to doctors.
Professionally fitted custom mouthguards are prescribed for both professional and amateur athletes because they offer the highest level of protection, retention, comfort and fit, without interfering with speech or breathing during play. Additionally, custom fitted mouthguards correctly align the jaw in relation to the spinal cord which in turn can give you greater range of motion.
Dr. John Stenger’s classic 5-year clinical study on Notre Dame football players began in 1958 and was published in 1964. Here are the results of this clinical study...
“In the spring of 1963, with the encouragement of then trainer Gene Paszkiet, a decision was made to equip the entire Notre Dame football team with a new model ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) mouthguard. As expected, the number of injuries to the teeth and jaws declined. There was also an impressive reduction in cerebral concussions.
A surprising correlation between wearing the mouthguards and a decrease in neck injuries was an important finding. A reduction in the number of neck injuries was an unexpected result of wearing the mouthguards.” … Dr. John Stenger
And what about you? Do you play any recreational sports like basketball or soccer? An errant elbow can knock out a tooth in a split second. So remember that all mouths need protection. If you would like to schedule an appointment to get fitted for a mouth guard just or give us a call. Our smile is too precious to lose.
Play safe and keep smiling!