08 Apr Kids Playing Sports? Protect Their Smiles.
50% of all children and teens will suffer at least one traumatic injury to their teeth by the time they graduate from high school.
Protecting smiles is something I think about a lot –it’s my passion and, well, it’s my job! That’s why I widely recommend sports mouthguards to youth athletes, and that’s why my own kids wear them.
The National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety reports dental injuries as the most common type of orofacial injury related to sports participation. They report that an athlete is 60 (!) times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard. Often times these injuries will result in permanent damage to oral structures.
Who needs a mouthguard?
Generally speaking, if you or your children participate in physical sports, a mouthguard is a good idea.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that most sports pose high a risk to teeth, even – if not especially those for which mouth guards are not mandatory. 30% of injuries in soccer, for example, are to the mouth.
The American Dental Association recommends that you wear a mouthguard whenever you are engaging in an activity entailing coming into contact with others or objects moving at a high velocity. Injuries to the mouth are especially high in some of our country’s most popular team sports like Baseball, Football, Soccer, Basketball, Field Hockey and Lacrosse.
What is a custom mouthguard?
Mouthguards, also called mouth protectors, help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. They typically cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining.
What kind of mouthguard do you recommend?
Like the American Dental Association and the Academy of Sports Dentistry, I recommend that pressure-laminated and custom-fitted sports mouthguards be worn by any athlete who participates in a sport involving contact with another person or object moving at a high velocity. Mouthguards should be custom fitted to your teeth so they won’t dislodge during collisions.
How is a custom mouthguard different?
When you buy a store bought mouthguard; you are buying a one size fits all product. Store bought mouthguards don’t account for how different every mouth is from every other mouth. Your mouth is unique so that we will create a unique mouthguard for you. The material that a dentist uses is of higher quality creating a more durable, snugger-fitting mouthguard. Investing in a custom mouthguard offsets the potential damage that can still be done to your teeth when you wear a store-bought one.
Protecting Your Braces
A properly fitted mouthguard is important for those who wear braces. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. A mouthguard also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, which will help you avoid injuries to your gums and cheeks.
Schedule an appointment to be fit for your custom mouthguard today.