School Sports Season Means New MouthguardsThursday, September 6th, 2012, 7:23 pm
School sports season is upon us once again and pediatric dental groups are reminding parents about the importance of mouthguards for student athletes. Up to one-third of all sports related injuries involve the head or face. When a student athlete is injured in the face the teeth are involved most of the time. Even sports that are not considered “contact” sports result in mouth injuries. For example, the University of Alabama’s School of Dentistry sees the most mouth injuries from two “non-contact” sports – baseball and basketball.
Most damage can be prevented or lessened by using the proper mouthguard. A “boil and bite” mouthguard may be sufficient for some children but the best protection is offered by a custom guard created by a dentist. The higher level of comfort and better fit means that the child is more likely to wear a custom mouthguard during play and it is less likely to shift or fall out. The small cost is well worth the protection provided. Tooth loss in sports is common and tooth replacement is important for young, growing smiles.
For more information about custom mouthguards for student athletes please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 today. We’ll be glad to schedule your appointment and discuss the importance of protecting teeth from damage with your student athlete.