The National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety reports that dental injuries are the most prevalent type of injury occurring during participation in sports. In fact, the American Dental Association found that up to 20% of all sports related injuries affect the teeth. It has also been estimated that an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when they are not wearing a protective mouthguard. Dental injuries during sports are easily prevented with a properly fitted custom mouthguard.
A mouth guard or sports guard is an appliance that is worn over your teeth (typically just the upper teeth) that provides protection from blows to the face and head. Wearing a mouth guard is one of the best ways to prevent injury to the teeth, tongue and lips. In addition to protecting against dental injuries, mouthguards can also reduce the risk on concussions during sporting injuries. The American Dental Association recommends wearing mouthguards during any sport that involves falls, body contact or flying objects such as baseball, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, skateboarding, skiing, soccer, softball, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.
Protect your smile – wear a mouthguard.