Should My Child Wear A Dental Mouthguard When Playing Sports?

Should My Child Wear A Dental Mouthguard When Playing Sports?

According to the National Youth Sports Foundation, more than 5 million teeth will be knocked out in sports activities this year. In fact, dental injuries are the most common type of facial injuries sustained during participation in sports.

While sports mouthguards prevent thousands of dental injuries annually, sadly many athletes, amateur and professional alike, choose not to wear mouthguards. Most people think of sports mouthguards when they think of contact sports like football or hockey. Studies have shown that in football, if they are wearing a mouthguard, only .07% of all injuries involved teeth and the oral cavity.

Conversely, in basketball where sports mouthguards are not usually worn, 34% of all injuries to players involved teeth and/ or the oral cavity!

It is obvious that dental injuries could be significantly reduced if children, teens and even adults wore sports mouthguards for sports like soccer, volleyball, baseball, basketball, softball and others!

To make matters worse, the cost in time and dollars to repair dental injuries can rise into the thousands. Also, the possible development of residual problems with time, such as root canal therapy in damaged teeth and periodontal disease has to be considered.

Studies have proven that the costs of repair can be 20 times the preventative cost of a custom laminated, professional grade mouthguard!


Not All Sports Mouthguards Are Created Equal!

When you compare dentist fabricated, custom sports mouthguards with stock store bought boil and bite mouthguards, many differences can be identified. Boil and bite guards don’t fit as accurately as custom fabricated guards. They are often too thin in critical protection areas and too thick in others. They are often not as comfortable and frequently interfere with the athletes breathing and speaking. The ability of an athlete to breath well is very critical when it comes to performance.  Bulky guards that don’t fit well and don’t stay in place just distract an athlete and can lead to interrupted breathing and swallowing.

So if you are interested in protecting your child and give him the best chance to succeed ask us about a custom fitted sports mouthguard!


About the Author

Dr. Michael Buglione is an experienced and award winning family, cosmetic and sedation dentist based in Vestal, NY. Connect with Dr. Buglione on Google+.

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