About 25 million youth play competitive sports in the United States, and about 36 percent of all unintentional injuries among children and adolescents are a result of sports. Out of these, about 10-20 percent injuries are maxillofacial traumas.
Prevention of Dental Injuries
Dental injuries during sports are preventable. Experts recommend that athletes should wear mouthguards during sports in which contact and collision are likely to occur. These include basketball, rugby, football, baseball, skateboarding, wrestling, boxing, martial arts, volleyball, soccer, squash, surfing and more.
The National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety states that athletes who don’t wear sports mouthguards are 60 times more likely to sustain fractured, dislocated, and loose teeth.
What are Sports Mouthguards
A sports mouthguard is a device that is typically worn on the upper arch of the athlete’s teeth to protect the mouth from blows to the face and head. These appliances prevent broken or loose teeth, cut tongue, lips, and cheek and other injuries to the mouth. If you wear metal braces or other non-removable dental appliances, we at JP Dental & Implant Center recommend wearing a mouthguard on your lower teeth as well.
Functions of the Sports Mouthguard
Sports mouthguards have several benefits:
Types of Sports Mouthguards
There are various types of sports mouthguards; however, only custom-fitted mouthguards that are durable, tear-resistant and comfortable can provide you adequate protection during sports.
Wearing a mouthguard during sports is imperative for your continued oral health as dental trauma can carry wide-ranging and long-lasting repercussions for you. If you want us to make a mouthguard for you, contact us at (970) 822-7622 and schedule an appointment with us today.