Mouthguards

Accompanying the many benefits of sports, is the unfortunate possibility of injury. But that doesn’t mean your kids shouldn’t play sports! It just means you should take appropriate precautions.

It is estimated that over 25% of dental injuries among children are sports-related, and the majority involve the top front teeth. Besides the immediate trauma, sports-related injuries can result in time lost from school and work, and substantial cost — up to $20,000 over a lifetime to treat a missing permanent tooth. Yet a properly-fitted, comfortable mouthguard is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to reduce the chance of dental injury in children playing sports.

Securing the Right Equipment

Athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to suffer dental injury than those who do. Mouthguards are only required in four school-based sports: football, ice hockey, lacrosse and field hockey. Interestingly, basketball and baseball — which don’t require mouthguards — are associated with the largest number of dental injuries. That’s why the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends wearing a mouthguard for playing many sports that don’t require mouthguards, including bicycling, soccer, skateboarding, wrestling and volleyball.

Looking for a mouthguard? There are several different types of mouthguards on the market:

  • Off-the-shelf mouthguard: Probably better than nothing, this inexpensive option offers a minimal level of protection.
  • Boil and bite mouthguard: Designed to be immersed in hot water and then formed in the mouth, this option can be made to fit adequately and generally offers better protection.
  • Custom-made mouthguard: Custom fabricated for your child’s mouth, this type of mouthguard offers maximum protection and superior comfort at a quite reasonable price.

Mouthguards

Accompanying the many benefits of sports, is the unfortunate possibility of injury. But that doesn’t mean your kids shouldn’t play sports! It just means you should take appropriate precautions.

It is estimated that over 25% of dental injuries among children are sports-related, and the majority involve the top front teeth. Besides the immediate trauma, sports-related injuries can result in time lost from school and work, and substantial cost — up to $20,000 over a lifetime to treat a missing permanent tooth. Yet a properly-fitted, comfortable mouthguard is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to reduce the chance of dental injury in children playing sports.

Securing the Right Equipment

Athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to suffer dental injury than those who do. Mouthguards are only required in four school-based sports: football, ice hockey, lacrosse and field hockey. Interestingly, basketball and baseball — which don’t require mouthguards — are associated with the largest number of dental injuries. That’s why the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends wearing a mouthguard for playing many sports that don’t require mouthguards, including bicycling, soccer, skateboarding, wrestling and volleyball.

Looking for a mouthguard? There are several different types of mouthguards on the market:

  • Off-the-shelf mouthguard: Probably better than nothing, this inexpensive option offers a minimal level of protection.
  • Boil and bite mouthguard: Designed to be immersed in hot water and then formed in the mouth, this option can be made to fit adequately and generally offers better protection.
  • Custom-made mouthguard: Custom fabricated for your child’s mouth, this type of mouthguard offers maximum protection and superior comfort at a quite reasonable price.

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