The Importance of Sports Mouthguards

Published on September 18, 2014 by

Save your teeth……know the facts

  • Sports related dental injuries account for 600,000 emergency room visits each year. US Centers for Disease Control
  • It is estimated that mouthguards prevent over 200,000 injuries per year. Academy of General Dentistry
  • An athlete is 60% more likely to suffer injury to the teeth when not wearing a mouthguard. American Dental Association
  • Victims of knocked out teeth that do not have the tooth properly preserved or replanted may spend lifetime dental costs of $10,000 to $20,000 per tooth. National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety

The American Dental Association recommends the use of mouthguards for all of the following activities including but not limited to:

-Basketball    -Baseball   -Hockey   -Bicycling   -Football   -Field Hockey   -Wrestling   -Volleyball   -Softball   -Soccer   -Gymnastics   -Racquetball   -Boxing   -Squash   -Skateboarding   -Skiing

What are the different types of mouthguards?

  • “Stock” mouthguards: These can be bought at most sporting stores “off the shelf.” The disadvantage of these is they only come in a few sizes, normally small, medium and large. These offer the least amount of protection because there is no fit adjustment.  While better than nothing, stock mouthguards are not acceptable as a facial protective device.
  • Mouth-formed protectors: They come as a “shell-liner” or “boil-and-bite” product from the sporting stores. They are made from a thermoplastic (moldable when heated). They are immersed in boiling water and molded by biting on them. Available in limited sizes and most do not cover all the back teeth.
  • Custom-made mouthguards: These are the best types of mouthguards because they are made especially for your teeth. They are strong, lightweight and comfortable.

Mouthguards are an indispensable piece of equipment that could potentially save you hundreds of dollars to restore injuries to your teeth. So, if you are an active person consider purchasing a custom-made mouthguard. It’s the best way to prevent an injury from interrupting your life.  





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