Sports-related mouth injuries are the most common cause for more than 5 million teeth are avulsed, displaced from their socket, each year. Nearly 80 percent of all dental injuries affect at least one of the front teeth, while damage to the tongue or cheek is common. According to the CDC, sports-related dental injuries account for more than 600,000 emergency room visits each year. This results in nearly $500 million spent on replacing these teeth each year.
A custom fit mouth guard is absolutely essential to your child’s safety while playing sports. Consider a sports guard just part of the uniform. If you are not sure if your child’s sport has a high incidence of mouth related sports injuries, consider all of the opportunities for injury during practice, games and competitions. Some kids are more accident prone than others and can find a way to get injured in any situation.
Organized sports that have the most oral injuries include basketball, wrestling, field hockey, ice hockey, football, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, and softball.
Unorganized or pickup sports such as biking, skating, and skateboarding are the recreational sports that have the highest chances of injury.
Keeping a sports guard clean is essential in the proper maintenance of the device as well as keeping the mouth clean when wearing the device. If your child is just throwing their mouth guard in their dirty gym bag and then back in the mouth, that is another chance for dental issues. The build-up and bacteria that can grow on a mouthguard is well documented.
Keeping the mouth guard clean can prevent the build-up and bacteria that can lead to illness, tooth decay and bad breath. Keep your child’s mouth guard clean with Prodentclean. Learn more at prodentclean.com
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