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Sports can allow your child to explore new interests, stay active, and develop their coordination and social skills, but as much fun as a new sport can be, young athletes are at a higher risk for sports-related injuries.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, there are 7 million injuries sustained by athletes as young as 5 years old every year. And the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation (NYSSF) once predicted more than 3 million knocked-out teeth in youth sporting events in just one year.
Proactively taking steps to protect your child’s teeth in sports is the best way to lessen their risk of injury (and your risk of a high dental bill).
Use a Mouth Guard
Did you know your child is more than 60 times more likely to suffer a sports injury without a mouth guard? Or that research indicates that wearing a custom mouth guard also decreases your risk of concussion.
A study by the American Association of Orthodontist found that 84% of children playing in organized sports do not wear mouth guards because they are not required to wear them.
The reasons given for not wearing mouth guards tend to be that they are uncomfortable, distracting during play, and it’s hard to breathe normally or speak clearly when wearing one.
All of those issues can be addressed with the right mouth guard, fitted correctly. That said, in just one athletic season, athletes have a 1 in 10 chance of suffering a facial or dental injury. Those odds, and the high cost of restorative dental care, should make mouth guards an essential piece of sports equipment. A custom-made mouth guard is made by a dentist or lab technician, and provides real comfort and protection. If your child has with braces, a protruding jaw, cleft palate, dental problems, allergies or sinus issues you should definitely consider a custom mouth guard.