Why is it important to wear a mouthguard for sports?
The National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety reports that an athlete is 60 times more likely have damage to their teeth if they are not wearing a mouthguard. Additionally, according to the American Dental Association, 10-20% of all sports related injuries are to the face and teeth.
Many injuries to the face and teeth can be prevented by the use of a properly fitting (and worn!) mouthguard. A mouthguard can protect against:
- Tooth fracture
- Tooth displacement or loss
- Jaw fractures
- Injury of soft tissues, such as the lips and cheeks
- Possible reduction of concussion risk (research is not conclusive)
There are three kinds of mouthguards that can be used:
- Custom – this is made by an orthodontist or dentist
- Stock – purchased at a retail store, cannot be customized
- Boil and bite – also purchased at a retail store, can mold these a little bit to the mouth
Dr. Kuperstein and the team and Parkside Orthodontics strongly urge the regular use of mouthguards. Please feel free to consult with us about the best kind for you!