When preparing for sports practice or a game, you wouldn't dream of going without a uniform. If your child is playing a contact sport like football or hockey, he or she always has a helmet and pads on before going near the field or rink. However, if your child isn’t using a sports mouth guard for practices and matches, they are missing a vital piece of protective gear.
Each year, an estimated 13-39% of all dental injuries occur while playing sports. Since mouth guards were made a mandatory part of American football, about 200,000 injuries to the mouth and teeth have been prevented annually.
However, the dangers of tooth and mouth injury do not end with contact sports. In fact, recent studies have found that today's basketball players are far more likely to suffer injury to the face, mouth, and teeth than football players. For these sports, contact comes from ball, ground, hoop, or other surfaces rather than other players, so mouth guards are not currently required by most schools and many teams.
Protect your child’s teeth with a sports mouth guard. Dr. Andersen will custom-fit your child’s mouth guard to keep him or her safe while they play.