If your son or daughter plays basketball, he or she should wear a mouth guard to protect his/her teeth. Check out these alarming statistics:
- According to the National Institute of Dental Research, 34 percent of high-school basketball players suffer orofacial (pertaining to the mouth or face) injuries.
- An athlete is sixty times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouth guard.
- According to a study by the Academy of American Dentistry, half of all children will suffer a traumatic tooth injury by the time they graduate high school.
Preventing injuries is key, as the cost to replant a tooth and follow-up dental treatment is about $5000. Victims of knocked-out teeth who do not have a tooth properly preserved or replanted may face lifetime dental costs of $15,000–$20,000/tooth, hours in the dental chair, and the possible development of other dental problems such as periodontal disease.
“The good news is mouth guards dramatically reduce the risk of injury,” according to Dr. Penwell of First Choice Dental. A mouth guard is designed to safeguard athletes against head, jaw, and orofacial injuries sustained during athletic activities. A proper fitting mouth guard can also guard against concussions.
- The number of orofacial injuries dropped from 50 percent to less than 1 percent when it became a requirement to wear mouth guards in high-school and college football.
- According to the American Dental Association, more than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented annually in the United States by sports mouth guards.
Mouth guards should be custom fit by your dentist rather than a stock “boil-and-bite” guard. A dentist-fitted mouth guard will not impede communication, breathing, or create any hazards to the airway or oral cavity. They will also last longer than the stock guards. Talk to your child’s dentist today or visit FirstChoiceDental.com/gameface to learn more.