Are Mouth Guard Really Necessary?
Run! Jump! Speed! If you or your kids are involved with sports, bravo! Wonderful for the body, mind and spirit. Yet you must also know that there is a significant relationship to sports injuries and those that are sustained to the mouth/facial portion of your body. The good news is these injuries are almost always preventable through the use of protective mouth guards.
Consider the following statics according to the AADA:
- Athletes are 60 times more likely to sustain dental injuries when not wearing a protective mouth piece.
- The cost of a protective mouth guard is significantly less than the cost to service a damaged or lost tooth
- The chance of a dental injury for each athlete is about 10% each season and 33-56% during their life.
- You only have 1 hour to preserve a lost tooth during an injury.
- Estimates show that mouth guards prevent about 200,000 injuries each year at the high school and college football levels.
The American Dental Association recommends wearing custom made athletic guards for the following sports: football, hockey, baseball, boxing, wrestling, bike riding, volleyball, skiing, soccer, basketball, skateboarding, water polo and weightlifting.
Sport Dentistry: The Basics
While still a relatively new field of dentistry, sports dentists manage to prevent injuries such as hard and soft tissue damage to the teeth and bones. For example, tooth intrusions and root fractures due to a strong impact during sport participation. It is bigger than just the immediate injury. Frequently there are oral issues that continue long after the initial event and treatment has occurred. A good sports dentists are with you every step of the way. The key is a custom-fitted mouth guard to prevent injuries.
To put it simply, yes.
Custom mouth guards are built to fit your mouth and your mouth alone. They provide the protection you need to a greater degree than the stock or boil-and-bite mouth guards you purchase online or at your local retail store.
Protect your smile, your professional future and your pocket-book.
Surf City Dentist would like to be your family dentist and work with your active athlete.
Call us for an in-person interview appointment. Your health, your family, your kids are important to us.
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This blog is for advisory purposes only. Actual medical/dental diagnosis can not be done online. This blog does not replace the opinion or procedures recommended by other licensed professionals in the field.
Please see a licensed dentist or doctor.