The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation reports that an average of three million teeth are fractured, cracked or knocked out during the course of youth sports. Blows to the face, especially from participation in are one of the most common causes of damage to the mouth. Unfortunately, most of these problems could have been prevented if the youth athlete was wearing a mouth guard.
Unfortunately, stock mouth guards and boil and bite units available on a retail level often feel bulky and can make it hard to breath. This prompts some youth athletes will wear them infrequently.
The best way to protect your child’s mouth during sports is to have your dentist fir them for a custom mouth guard. These durable, thermoplastic units are custom designed to conform to their personal bite pattern for maximum comfort and ease of breathing. New research has even suggested that wearing a custom mouth guard can reduce the chances of concussion and certain brain injuries.
When you do the math, the cost of a custom mouth guard greatly outweighs the cost of repairing or replacing damaged and lost teeth. With proper care they can provide years of protection for their mouth.
If you are interested in having your youth athlete fitted for a custom mouth guard, please feel free to call us at 508-471-5181 to schedule an appointment.